Fatboy Slim ‎– Illuminati EP

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 43485-2

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ASW 43485-2 Fatboy Slim Illuminati EP(CD, EP, Promo) Astralwerks ASW 43485-2 US 2002 Sell This Version



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January 30, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
This comment is for all 3 EPs (Illuminati, Camber Sands and The Pimp). The title tracks are b-sides on Fatboy Slim's UK singles. Illuminati is from the Ya Mama / Song For Shelter single and the other two are from the Demons single. Illuminati is a remix of Fatboy Slim's old b-side Michael Jackson. It's pretty good here in it's extended form. It's a stripped down version of Michael Jackson and features Bootsy saying "Illuminati... a secret society do exist... Illuminati-ti-ti-ti-ti" repeating the "ti" in classic Fatboy Slim style. Camber Sands is a nice little ambient track, not what you would expect from Fatboy, but a nice listen. The Pimp is a sample-looping, filthy-lyric ridden masterpiece. Bootsy sings in his distorted Weapon Of Choice voice about pimping and fucking and whatever. You would expect Fatboy to be rude, but this goes to a new level. Amazing shit!

The three Drop The Hate remixes are all excellent in their own way. I listen to them quite often. The Laid Mix has a chugging beat and echoing vocals; the most club-oriented of the three. The Santos Napalm Reprise is very much like his classic 3-2-1 Fire! Definitely the most fucked up remix and definitely my favourite. It will blow your mind, then reconstruct it, then blow it ten times over. The Håkan Lidbo Remix has a stomping beat and is filled with joyful shouts from a gospel choir. It is the most spiritual and happy clappy out of the three and is very nice to finish a DJ set with.

The three (or should I say two?) Song For Shelter remixes are quite varied between them. The two Pete Heller remixes are the exact same! I have no clue why there are two of them and both have different titles (Pete Heller Extended Mix and Pete Heller Beats & Pieces Mix). Anyway, The Pete Heller remix is what you would expect from him except much more epic. Pete Heller is an amazing remixer and his work really shines on this track. A nice laidback beat with low organ notes and deep breakdowns with Roland's voice exhaling really does the trick. An extremely deep and smooth remix. Makes me drift off just thinking about it. The Chemical Brothers Mix can make anyone's ears bleed if the volume is right. Turn down the treble when you give that track a listen! It has squelching high pitched acid-like synths throughout and when they sustain, it hurts. There are tons of sci-fi sounding effects and a mid-freq beat with a rolling low-to-mid-freq bassline. The vocals are less heartful and more stripped down in this remix. All in all it isn't one of my favourite Chemical Brothers remixes but it is good for what it is.

The two Star 69 remixes are both equally kickin' tunes. The Timo Maas Mix is the most played and you've probably heard it here and there. It has sweeping acidy bass effects, a chugging beat and banging piano chords. He also censored the naughty F-word with his sweeping bass notes; breaking up the vocal here really works well. Timo Maas sure knows how to transform a track into something you can bang your head to! Great stuff. The X-Press 2 "Supamix" is a sort of club version of the original with no real outstanding difference other than the house beat. It is very well done, though.

Retox gets treatment from techno honcho Dave Clarke and Skint breakbeat producer Freq Nasty. Both tracks are very very bassy which is a huge plus in my books. Dave Clarke's is fast and repetitive, but in a good way; shakable bass and pounding beats! Freq's remix is slower and more effects are placed throughout. Very Freqy indeed. Very awesome as well. My favourite of the two.

The Stanton Warriors Mix of Demons has frantic beats with an equally frantic bass that kicks in later. That combined with the laidback instruments makes for a well done and diverse track. The Stanton Warriors Dub is less frantic and all around more chilled with plenty of breakbeat elements. The bass I feel is more smooth in this track and that supplements the instruments better than in the Mix.

Darren Emerson's Mix of Sunset (Bird Of Prey) is sheer tech-house genius. It is on the UK single but it was edited down to seven minutes on it. The vocals play a huge roll in this track, not that they are loud or predominant in any way, just the fact that Darren raised their pitch and really mixed the shit out of them with effects and reverb. The reason why they play such a huge roll is because the track is so smooth and fast and the vocals are so high that they give the track such an emotional backdrop. Extremely amazing work on behalf of Darren's remixing abilites!

Midfield General's Mix of Talkin Bout My Baby is basically the original but longer. He offset the vocals at parts which makes it sound trippy. Anyway, it is a very good extended version of the track.

The instrumental of Weapon Of Choice, in my opinion, is more enjoyable than the original. My favourite part is when the wacky organs are playing (when Bootsy says "You can play with this, or you can play with that" or something in the vocal version) just because it's a great riff to enjoy on the dancefloor at a drunken party. Very good choice of an instrumental track to slap on these EPs!

In summary, if you have three b-sides and 14 remixes stretched across three 40 minute CDs, none of which are edited, and you like Fatboy Slim or any of the featured remixers, you must buy all three of these! They are all equally great and each feature a diverse collection of tracks. I am very impressed that they managed to put all this together so well.