Prodigy*The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One

Label:XL Recordings – none
CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition, Mixed, Numbered, Promo
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style:Breakbeat, Electro, Hip Hop, Britcore


1Liam HowlettIntro Beats
2Dynamix IIGive The DJ A Break
3The BeatlesSergeant Pepper
5The Chemical BrothersChemical Beats
6Ultramagnetic MC'sKool Keith Housing Things
7Lightnin' RodSport
8La PreguntaShangrila
9Ultramagnetic MC'sGive The Drummer Some
10Time ZoneWildstyle
11Bomb The BassBug Powder Dust
12Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FivePump Me Up
13The CharlatansHow High
14Jimi HendrixLittle Miss Lover
15Ghostface KillahDaytona 500
16The ProdigyPoison
17Ramsey LewisThe Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)
18Babe RuthThe Mexican
19The B-BoysRock The House
20The Chemical Brothers(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up
21Word Of Mouth (2)King Kut
22GazSing Sing
23Reuben WilsonGot To Get Your Own
24Run-DMCPeter Piper
25DJ MinkHey! Hey! Can U Relate
26The KLFWhat Time Is Love?
27Frankie BonesFunky Acid Makossa
28Frankie BonesShafted Off
29Frankie BonesAnd The Break Goes Again
30Meat Beat ManifestoRadio Babylon
31Public EnemyRebel Without A Pause
32Kool & The GangMusic Is The Message
33Herbie HancockRockit
34The ProdigySmack My Bitch Up
35The 45 KingThe 900 Number
36The ProdigyMolotov Bitch
37Beastie BoysIt's The New Style
39Sex PistolsNew York
40Fatboy SlimPunk Funk
41Medicine*I'm Sick
42D.St.The Home Of Hip Hop
43J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E.Strong Island
44Primal ScreamKowalski
45Beastie BoysTime To Get Ill
46Barry WhiteI'm Gonna Love You A Little Bit More Baby
47Public EnemyPublic Enemy No. 1
48Fred Wesley & The JB'sBlow Your Head
49The Chemical Brothers(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up
50T La RockBreakin' Bells
51LL Cool JGet Down
52Digital UndergroundHumpty Dance
53Uptown (3)Dope On Plastic
54ColdcutBeats & Pieces
55London Funk AllstarsSure Shot
56West Street MobBreak Dance (Electric Boogie)
57Hijack (2)Doomsday Of Rap
58Renegade SoundwaveOzone Breakdown
59The Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau
60The Jimmy Castor BunchIt's Just Begun



Cover reads: Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One.
Only 25 copies individually numbered 1-25.
This is the original mix as intended to be released before problems occurred getting rights to use certain tracks.
The mix is one continuous track (51:34).

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (CD, Mixed, Stereo, Digipak)XL RecordingsXLCD 128UK1999
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The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (CD, Compilation, Mixed, Gatefold Digipak)PIAS Benelux, XL Recordings900.1999.26, XLCD 128Benelux1999
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The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (Cassette, Mixed)XL RecordingsXLMC 128UK1999
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The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (CD, Compilation, Mixed)XL RecordingsINT 4 84613 2Germany1999
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The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (CD, Mixed, Compilation)Delabel7243 8 47428 2 9France1999


  • Big-Beat-Beddy's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Party-rocking studio mix of pounding break-beats, punk, funk, rock and rap from the '60s to the '90s, created by Liam Howlett using just two turntables, a mixer and an ADAT recorder. There are two slightly different versions: the original was played on BBC radio's "Breezeblock" show in 1998, but certain tracks were replaced for the commercial release. Both versions are great: the original has a better opening and is more diverse, whilst the commercial release has a few innovative additions and fixes some weaknesses.

    Liam's mix reconstructs a range of music into his own b-boy image, with his break-beat reworkings of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Charlatans particular highlights. Hip hop classics get mixed together with their original samples (Beastie Boys' "Time To Get Ill" gets an extended dose of its Barry White sample), disparate genres collide (Sex Pistols' "New York" morphs into Fatboy Slim's "Punk To Funk"), MCs are made to battle (Biz Markie versus Beastie Boys), breakdowns get extended (e.g., "The Mexican" and "Funky Nassau"), and classic break-beats get reconstructed (Gaz's "Sing Sing", Dynamic Corvettes' "Funky Music Is The Thing"). Liam adds some simple scratching, but his strengths are his song selection, track reconstruction, quick-mixing and set sequencing.

    The main difference between the two versions is the opening sequence: the original features a spectacular remix of The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (mashed with Dynamix II and Hardnoise), which is sadly replaced on the commercial release with less spectacular tracks by Liam and Rasmus. Elsewhere, the beefed-up reworking of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Miss Lover" makes way for the equally good "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction, and rappers Run DMC and Biz Markie are substituted for KRS One and JVC Force. The commercial release improves on the original by adding Primal Scream's "Kowalski" as a backing track to classic raps by JVC Force and the Beastie Boys, as well as by cutting down "Bug Powder Dust" and removing Chuck D from "Radio Babylon".

    There's not much respite from the high-octane tempo, which some more varied dynamics might have remedied. The mix also gets tedious in the middle, with the KLF, Frankie Bones and Meat Beat Manifesto sequence overplayed, and the Beastie Boys sounding like chipmunks as they try to keep up with some blistering Propellerheads big beat.

    But the set soon recovers, with a well-mixed section of punk, hip hop and break-beats, and Renegade Soundwave's "Ozone Breakdown" reinvented as a perfect build-up to The Beginning Of The End's "Funky Nassau". The mix culminates with The Jimmy Castor Bunch's classic funk track, "It's Just Begun". Perhaps a cruel way to end the mix, as twenty years on and there's been no Volume Two, but Liam could be forgiven for needing time to follow this mix of a lifetime. ★★★★★


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