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Juno ReactorLabyrinth

Label:Metropolis – MET 346
Format:
CD, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Trance, Tribal

Tracklist

1Conquistador I
EngineerGreg Hunter
GuitarEduardo Niebla
PercussionGreg Ellis, Nick Burton
VocalsTaz Alexander
6:02
2Conquistador II
GuitarEduardo Niebla
Percussion, Engineer [Mix]Nick Burton
5:06
3Giant
DrumsVictor Indrizzo
Edited By [Drum]Nick Burton
Engineer [Mix]Adam Wren
PercussionMabi Thobejane
4:00
4War Dogs
DrumsBudgie (2)
Engineer [Mix]Adam Wren
GuitarEduardo Niebla
NeyTigram
PercussionNick Burton
VocalsTaz Alexander
5:00
5Mona Lisa Overdrive
ConductorDon Davis (4)
Edited ByZig Gron
GuitarScarlet (7)
4:45
6Zwara
Engineer, BassGreg Hunter
PercussionNick Burton, Simpiwe Matole
TaikoGocoo
VocalsSuzan Hendricks
6:35
7Mutant Message
BassYouth
Drums, PercussionGreg Ellis
Engineer [Mix]Adam Wren
PercussionMabi Thobejane
6:10
8Angels And Men
EngineerToto*
PercussionMabi Thobejane
Performer [Sonic Forager]Xavier Morel
VocalsTaz Alexander
7:07
9Navras
ConductorDon Davis (4)
Edited ByZig Gron
PercussionGreg Ellis
Vocals, FluteDeepak Ram
Vocals, PercussionMabi Thobejane
9:06
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Total time: 53:54

Made in the USA
© & ℗ 2004 Metropolis Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 82388 03462 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Z29588 4 MET 80346-2 03 M1S1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U3B
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2): ifpi L909
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Z29588 4 MET 80346-2 03 M1S4
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2U7G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): Z29588 4 MET 80346-2 03 M1S2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, 3): IFPI 2U3B

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  • rw's avatar
    rw
    A superb quality double or triple vinyl pressing would be welcome.
    • _Obscuremuse_'s avatar
      _Obscuremuse_
      With Labyrinth, Juno Reactor ended an incredible 5 album streak. A little too bombastic for my tastes but I definitely have nostalgia for it as it was my first album from these guys.
      • theKomit's avatar
        theKomit
        Excellent album, among some of the healthiest food for the imagination.
        A shame that it was never pressed on vinyl..
        • s3iyaintrance's avatar
          s3iyaintrance
          Amazing album, I have to say it, all the tunes are brilliant, for albums like this one we can see how awesome producers are this guys.
          listen Mona lisa overdrive,full volume, when you are driving is a awesome experience!
          • Reticulum_Flux's avatar
            Edited 17 years ago
            I've been a fan of Juno Reactor for quite some time now. I've heard all his albums, and enjoyed his work on The Matrix movies. Juno Reactor contributed a lot to trance music in the 90's. We haven't seen him too much in the new millinium though... How does he stand in today's market of music?

            Honestly, he stands up just as good as he did in the 90s. Labyrinth carries the unmistakable Juno beats we've all come to know and love. Fans familar with the more tribal direction JR has began to taken in the last couple albums will be able to get into this release no problem. Oddly enough, it seems JR is trying to cross over a more rock sound now in the tracks. A number of songs on here have hard hitting guitars (War Dogs!).

            While I don't really think JR is a dance act anymore, what with their genre crossings being so heavy now, but one thing is for sure... Juno Reactor hasn't lost it!
            • Le_Lotus_Bleu's avatar
              Le_Lotus_Bleu
              Edited 19 years ago
              1- Conquistador 1
              2- Conquistador 2

              Both track, what a surprise, are connected & mixed without break, indeed let’s say that part 1 is the intro of part 2 (the core dancefloor).

              So the 1st one is very calm, in addition of the vibraphone, the typical vilins sounds from juno are immediatly recognizable embellished of some notes escaped from Eduardo Niebla’s flamenco guitar (but no poco loco melody here like did Steve Stevens in Pistolero). On the end, a semblance of rythmic makes irruption, sign of a forthcoming throbbing & nervous bass in the neighbourhood…

              That’s when you’re propulsated in the 2nd part, you’ll recognize this deep& naughty african voice already heard in Badimo for example (but the voice is present all along here), consequently the tune’s ambience reminds another Juno’s tribal stuff : Conga Fury . Afterwards, the flamenco guitar of the 1st part comes back.

              3- Giant
              The rythmic is different here from the dominant tribal one on the album as it’s more breakbeat oriented., that’s also the 1st which focuses on a woman voice (Diane Champagne). An assemblage that seems to be appreciated by Ben Watkins as it will be reedited several times on the album, nevertheless the Diane Champagne’s performance is closest to an excercise in vocalization than real chant but pushed with the women backing vocals it results a nice Mermaid effect.

              4- War Dogs
              And now comes the most orientalish tune but in my mind much more well performed than was God Is God. It bursts in with an alternance of violins & electric guitar riffs on what a flamenco guitar & ney (which must be this typical instrument with an oriental sound) will be added.

              5- Mona Lisa Overdrive
              It’s another tune rich in woman vocalizes (Taz Alexander this time, accompagnied by some chorus), rich also in gallopping & backfiring melodies played respectively by a violin & some blunderbuss (brass). A title soon repayed for its reinvigorate & anti-flu effects.

              6- Zwara

              Let’s notice the bass is performed by Greg Hunter (Kiling Joke) & that Susan Hendricks is responsible of the incantations & vocalizes. Furthermore many little nervous african male crys & some percussions confer the track a warrior and/or psychopath ambience, the kind of perfect soundtrack dedicated to lazergame partys.

              7- Mutant Message

              Ok now, how about something more chilly, sweet & subtle in this album ?
              No worry, it’s time with some plaintive leads & some quaver in one’s voice, a piano melody little echo affected for a guaranteed mysterious & misty ambience. Some very sharpy violins comes slyly piercing your eardrum, ambience gloomy & cold a la Shining.

              8-Angels And Men
              Once again, some woman vocalizes with Taz Alexander,even though to be honest this time she sings a little bit. Otherwise this is the chill tune of this miscellany, in the same spirit as Song For The Ancestors in Shango, with a lead that couln’t have been more melancholy.

              9- Navras
              For conclude before a new album (that everybody hope for in a lapse of time infererior to 4 years this time), you got a huge orchestration, very classical music oriented (in a Wagnerian style,so very punchy ), during this intro but later on coppled with a the orchestra & the Hollywood Film Choral. Indian ambience too with men’s chants & Deepak Ram (the one involved in Solaris from Shango) playing excited indian flute, un new tutti frutti mix which seems at first improbable but at final takes shape, thanks to the magic wand of Ben Watkins well helped of his numerous guests performers. Besides this fact can be checked all along Labyrith.
              • DeathPosture's avatar
                DeathPosture
                Edited 19 years ago
                Mors stupebit et natura cum resurget creatura huic ergo parce deus

                Only a true musical master would dare putting up big fat renditions from the Catholic Requiem in the booklet of a new album… And especially when it translates into: ‘Death and nature shall stand amazed when creation rises. Spare them, O God’ … Risky, pretentious business - but that’s exactly what Ben Watkins pulls off on this, the 6th studio album… And yes, he can pull it off!

                Though it’s been 4 years since the release of Shango, we’ve been fortunate enough to have plenty of Juno Reactor material released in the waiting time: There was the excellent Hotaka single, the techno-influenced remix EP Masters of the Universe, the retrospective ‘best of’ album: Odessey, the tribal Zwara EP and of course the impressive tracks on the Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions and The Animatrix OSTs… But nevertheless, hoards of people have been waiting for this album – and finally it’s out…

                Let me take you thru the tracks…

                #01: The first part of Conquistador is a pretty laid back, chilled piece of music and works as a long intro to Conquistador II… The track itself revolves around beautiful, organic, downbeat pieces: Acoustic Mexican guitar played by Eduardo Niebla – soothing vocals by Taz Alexander – and for the second part of the track a mixed selection of percussion by Greg Ellis and Nick Burton… They steadily increase the tempo, building and building – it’s simply brilliant - and towards the ‘end’ you can cut through the tension with a knife… And then, BAM!

                #02: That long build-up is finally rewarded as we mix seamlessly into Conquistador II which immediately unleashes the unmistakable full-power Juno Reactor sound… A couple more guys are added on percussion: Risenga Makondo and Mabi Thobejane… So it’s 4 guys on percussion now, kicking the shit of those drums, congas, tablas, steel drums and whatnots… Also Niebla returns with his guitar and we get some ethno-tribal chants similar to those found on Shango… Actually this is just as good as Shango was – or Bible Of Dreams for that matter… The production by Watkins & Burton is flawless, and I cannot help myself from being totally sucked in by this track… It’s perfect!

                #03: “Inside… inside… inside!” … Watkins is now joined by Victor Indrizzo on live drums and Diane Charlemagne on vocals… This track is more experimental, and has already been dubbed the ‘drum n bass track’ by JR fans… Focus revolved around Ms. Charlemagne’s voice in different pitch levels and the brutal, cut-up live drums… It’s definitely different from the norm, but seen in a Juno Reactor perspective, it’s just another border-crossing experiment… And not a bad one either… Through my first listens, I had reservations with this track, but it has slowly grown on me… Nice!

                #04: War Dogs is more ‘standard’ Juno Reactor… By that I mean, big fat orchestral sounds, huge percussion arrangements and ethno vocals – something along the lines of the tracks on the Matrix soundtracks…Niebla is back on acoustic guitars and some dude called Budgie is on drums – and he also co-produced the track with Watkins… This tune has a ‘Spanish-hacienda-lazy-afternoon-siesta-feel’ and I like that – it’s good, but too short!

                #05: Alright, this is the track from the highway chase sequence in Matrix Reloaded, and what an absolutely fucking brilliant track this is… It’s fast paced, intense world beat party music with emphasis on the brilliant percussion and the female vocals by Taz Alexander… Produced in co-operation with Don Davies… I dig this track – good enough for a Zion rave, I’m sure…

                #06: “Zwara... Zwara... Zwara..!.” This is the Sleepwalker track! Released in Japan in 2003 as a single only – again, this is typical JR style… A massive sound-spectre consisting of multilayered tribal percussion, ethnic vocals (even screaming at times) and big orchestral background pads… And of course the sweet taiko-drum action performed by Gocoo and Greg Hunter on bass… A brilliant combination, creating a brilliant track!

                #07: Mutant Message starts of with a computerized voice speaking in German, then some deep, polished bassline played brilliantly by the master himself: Youth … And of course the very simple, yet astonishing piano-line… Added later on are much more percussion and plush effects from around the world – great stuff indeed… The pace in this track isn’t exactly slow, just slower than its predecessors… I really like the sharp contrast outlined between Youth’s bass and the piano… Amazing!

                #08: “Why are you so afraid of the face of God?” That’s the question Taz pops with her beautiful voice on this chilled track… This is ambient – Juno Reactor style with Thobejane percussion and sonic forager by Morel… And Watkins & Friends are skilled in more than just the art of upbeat world beats – this is a sweet, sweet down tempo tune… Very organic, harmonic and simply amazing!

                #09: Last track is Navras which was also featured in Matrix Reloaded during the credits… It’s big and pompous… Carmina-Burana-like choral singing by various singers, single vocal by Azam Ali, percussion by Thobejane & Greg Ellis, Raja Ram-like flute by Deepak Ram and big orchestral arrangements by Don Davies… What a cool atmosphere created here – and it works even without the fancy Hollywood FX… It’s Juno at large - how can you go wrong? This is simply amazing…

                Holy phuck – what a ride… My expectations for this album were sky high, and I’m glad to say that they were met – even excelled. This is a really, really good album – we’ve come to expect a masterpiece every time that Watkins & Co. grace us with a release, and thankfully they do not let us down here…

                This album can be characterized by its versatile and flawless production and sound – and by the constant evolution, experimentation and crossing of musical boundaries. It’s just damn good music. Period.

                If you liked Bible of Dreams and Shango, you will like this… If you liked the Hotoka and Zwara singles, you will like this… If you liked the Juno Reactor music from the Matrix movies, you will like this… If you like high-quality, genre-crossing dance music, you’ll like this… To put it short – you’ll like this! Trust me! Highly recommended!

                Favourites: 1(!), 2(!!!), 5, 6(!), 7(!!), 8, 9(!)

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