Sound and Motion, Vol. 1
Tracks Include: 01. The Chemical Brothers, Block Rockin' Beats 02. Fatboy Slim, The Rockafeller Skank 03. Jacknife Lee, Bursting Off The Backbeat 04. Josh Wink, Simple Man 05. The Crystal Nethod, Busy Child 06. The Prodigy, Poison 07. Mocean Worker, Detonator 08. Goldie, Temper Temper 09. Dieselboy & Technical Itch, Atlantic State 10. Photek, Two Swords Technique 11. Roni Size/Reprazent, Brown Paper Bag 12. Adam F, Circles 13. Talvin Singh, Jaan 14. Sly And Robbie, Superthruster 15. Underworld, Push Upstairs 16. Deep Dish W/EBTG, The Future Of The Future
Eventually this pulsating compilation of electronica videos will qualify as a raver's relic, but time will never erode the driving drum and bass grooves that comprise this 16-track survey of club hits. This isn't merely music to listen to, and these aren't videos you'll watch repeatedly with rapt attention. No, you'll want to absorb this DVD into your bloodstream until it catapults you into an altered state of consciousness, whether or not you've added any artificial inducements to get there. Besides, you won't need an alternative fuel source to accelerate with this one-stop party favor. Get yourself a big screen, a great Dolby 5.1 system, and crank this puppy to "11," 'cause Sound & Motion, Vol. 01 ain't for wussies.
Inevitably it's a mixed bag. Only a few of the videos are truly memorable, and some tracks are prone to the redundant funk that covers much of electronica's landscape. Still, the highlights are atmospheric, and the lows are never really low. The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim take top honors with tracks 1 and 2, and for sheer visceral pulse you've got Goldie, Crystal Method, and the Prodigy to kick your brains out with shock-sights and violence. That's all balanced out by the calmer tracks, notably the Indian groove of Talvin Singh. Dieselboy's video is a prime example of abstract audiovisual symbiosis, while Sly & Robbie's "Superthruster" is a treat for fans of sci-fi anime. It's a pity the directors aren't credited on screen, but that's a minor quibble. Kick back, hit Play All, and prepare to be dazzled. --Jeff Shannon
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The musical content is interestingly eclectic. From "Fat Boy Slim" to "Diesel Boy" you can see a fairly decent cross section of the electronic music scene at large. Don't expect to be blown away, it is not epic making, but it is well worth having if you want to add something different to your collection.
Ever since I got me DVD player I have looked for ways to maximize its potential. DVD is definitely where the future is going, there is little doubt of that, but how can one expand the DVD experience? Well, these music videos seem to be an unlikely answer but it works well. The high fidelity digital output sure does make the videos fun to watch and a new way to disturb the neighbors. If you want to try something really wild you can put this DVD on when entertaining for some light background visual and audio. At my last party it was an interesting conversation piece.
But what do I know? Check it out for yourself and make your own determination of its value. :)
I give this 4 stars because of my personal tastes. Eventhough I think Fat boy slim, Chemical brothers, Crystal method, and Prodigy are great on the DVD. I think their videos on this DVD are for a mainstream purpose since they target the average listners. This dvd would have taken a step further if it was to have Aphex Twin, Bjork, Portishead ect. But that is just me, i'm just a snob and going for that Indie/Break Through videos mentality.
Do buy this dvd or just stay up around 2 am hope MTV plays electronic music.