Juno Reactor ‎– Shango

Metropolis ‎– MET 185
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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Pistolero
Written-By – Watkins*, Stevens*
2 Hule Lam
Written-By – Amampondo, Watkins*
3 Insects
Written-By – Watkins*, Maguire*
4 Badimo
Written-By – Watkins*, Thobejane*, Burton*
5 Masters Of The Universe
Written-By – Watkins*, Bley*, Thobejane*
6 Nitrogen Part 1
Written-By – Paterson*, Watkins*, Hunter*
7 Nitrogen Part 2
Written-By – Watkins*, Holweck*
8 Solaris
Written-By – Watkins*, Ram*
9 Song For Ancestors
Written-By – Watkins*, Thobejane*, Alexander*

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Under exclusive license from M.E.L.T. 2000 Ltd
© 2000 M.E.L.T. Ltd / Made in the USA
Total time: 61:59

1. Published by Mute Song/Sitting Pretty Music Inc (administered by Warner Chappell Music Inc)
2. Published by Mute Song/Melt 2000.
3. Published by Mute Song.
4. Published by Mute Song/Melt2000.
5. Published by Mute Song/Copyright Control/Melt2000.
6. Published by Mute Song/Chrysalis Music/Copyright Control.
7. Published by Mute Song/Warner Chappell gmbh.
8. Published by Mute Song/Copyright Control.
9. Published by Mute Song/Melt2000/Copyright Control.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 82388 01852 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1 & 2): MET80185
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 1 & 2): IFPI L044
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1): IFPI 163C
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2): ifpi 163D

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ELM8033CD Juno Reactor Shango(CD, Album, Dig) Electric M.E.L.T., Blue Room Released ELM8033CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
ELM8033CD, 89233-2 Juno Reactor Shango(CD, Album, Unofficial) Electric M.E.L.T. (2), EFA (2) ELM8033CD, 89233-2 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
MET 185 Juno Reactor Shango(CD, Album, Jew) Metropolis MET 185 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Juno Reactor Shango(Cass, Album, Unofficial) M.E.L.T. 2000 none 2000 Sell This Version
EQCD15 Juno Reactor Shango(CD, Album, Dig) Equinox EQCD15 Japan 2000 Sell This Version


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November 30, 2016

Generally whenever i had the chance to explore electronic music from the 90s i had the constant impression that everything altogether sounded more or less the same with perhaps the exception of a few number of bands. The outstanding use of boxed beats and decimononical rythms made it so boring that one had to skip not just song after song but album after album. It was a disease, a human disease must be added, the one in which everyone copies everyone else.
Well, this band is not the case and along with a number of other bands such as Psychick warriors of gaia or Hallucinogen still prevail to this day, their albums keep a remarkable conjunction of inventive and hard work.
Shango is really interesting, it is well investigated world music with the addition of the zeitgeist from the 90s in the form of developed electronica, perfect combination of live instruments, shamanic chants, tablas and percussive elements with a well constructed array of electronic synthesis which never becomes monotonous, clichéd or even predictable.
I would say this is electronica with a enfeverished display of tribalism and a mysterious and a bit dark tone.

The whole album is tremendously progressive and elusive to one common denominator, except for the aforementioned tribal aspect and almost ritualistic nature within it, yes, this is music for the neo tribalist or the modern shaman in a way, and it is certainly strange that such aspect may have adhered so many people, maybe this tells more on the regressive aspect from modern civilization, a call to redemption from within, to the ways of the past, a return to the source if you know what i try to mean.
Nevertheless. Songs like "Hylelam" with its rabid sense of rythmic exorcism or the "initiation" like trance tone with organic synthesis in "Badimo" makes it evident that this is not gratuitous nor exclusive and insulse body music, this is very ritualistic in nature and makes one think that the creator must have had at least some experience in that regard. Other tracks such as the opener "Pistolero" instead takes a more "world music" approach that equally denotes mastership. Just to concatenate an spanish guitar with beats and electronics in way that doesnt sound but just intrepid makes one easily applaud it, same happens with "Masters of the universe" with its female chant and also the finale with "Songs for ancestors". Even the titles suggest a practice and a content.

Rest of the album also diverges and centers around the atmospheric or the visionary, trance like and at the same time ambient like, in a good way, "Nitrogen" for example or "Insects" or "Solaris".
Impressive album, even for someone who may not like this kind of music, when it is well done, it is well done and it comes as a classic. This is certainly a classic.


June 26, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
This album is really where Juno Reactor decided to say goodbye to trance beats and hello to world music. While the previous album, Bible of Dreams, had hinted towards a more ethnic feel (chanting vocals, tribal instruments), Shango explores this genre to the fullest. While you can still hear the distinctive JR beats in the background, there isn't much dance appeal here anymore (exception being the track Insects which is particually bouncy). JR seems to be more interested in creating an epic world listening experience with this album forward.


May 30, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

This album is dark. In my opinion the darkest piece Juno Reactor have ever made. All the tracks have a feeling of immense doom, like Badimo or a hallucinogenic surrealism like Pistolero. Nitrogen 1 & 2 are an industrial/ambient duality, telling us of a dark and polluted future, and the final piece, Song For Ancestors, is spiced with maniacal laughter.
It's quite a good piece, like everything Juno Reactor have made - but I'd still like to call it their weakest one, judging by their standards. It's the transition between Bible Of Dreams and Labyrinth, a cocoon phase... not as innovative as the first or as accomplished as the second.

8.5 out of 10 I'd say.