Juno Reactor ‎– Shango

Electric M.E.L.T. ‎– ELM8033CD, Blue Room Released ‎– ELM8033CD
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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*

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Bowl Court Studios and Brownhill Farm Studios.

Total time: 61:59

Copyrights on CD label: ℗&© 2000 Electric M.E.L.T.
Copyrights on the back of Digipak: ℗&© 2000 M.E.L.T. 2000

Made in the EC.

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

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 17936 80332 4
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94K4
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony DADC A0100328897-0101 11

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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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January 25, 2020
Arguably their best album. A very solid start to the 2000's and a weird break into more world oriented trance mixes. The two Nitrogens and the more tribal ambient Solaris are definitly my favorites here but really a fantastic record all around, especially with the high energy Pistolero, Hule Lam and Masters Of The Universe.


June 5, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
I just gave Shango another listen tonight after what has probably been years since listening to it from start to finish. I have much, much more respect for this album now in 2014 than I ever did before. I guess I always considered it Juno Reactor's bastard child for some reason. I remember when it came out in 2000 I was actually not excited to listen to it. I loved Bible of Dreams and everything before it, but I heard some previews from Shango and just wasn't interested. I wasn't very diverse in my tastes back then, either. Now, being older, wiser, with better trained ears and a much wider appreciation for music, I must say Shango is a borderline masterpiece of an album.

Obviously Mr. Watkins was maturing himself during the creation of this album. Bible of Dreams previewed the direction he was heading in, but to me it was still primarily a dance-oriented album. Shango goes beyond that expectation for a more experimental and improvisational sound - certainly dark as many other reviewers have pointed out, but Juno Reactor has always been dark to my ears. What strikes me the most is the range of the tracks. From the unbelievable production and creativity of Pistolero, to the straight-out-of-Africa Hule Lam, to the Transmissions-era techno meets Industrial big beat of Insects, a theme that continues perfectly into Badimo, a dark monster of a track that somehow gets one-upped by Masters Of The Universe. Then the album takes an interesting turn. Just as it felt we like were about to get assaulted by even more intense music, Nitrogen Part 1 resets the vibe - deep, eerie ambient begins followed by a twisted hip hop beat set against a brooding, ever-evolving tapestry of loops, samples, and ambiance. This really is one of the highlight tracks for its undeniable creativity. Nitrogen Part 2 will please industrial fans with its angry drum loop, and trance fans with its more traditional JR sound... Solaris surprises with its 180 degree turn into cosmic chillout... and Song of the Ancestors wraps up the disc in what I consider an epic fashion, a relaxing yet menacing type of chill, not at all the sound we heard at the beginning of the disc. Its incredibly long fade out gives you time to reflect on the journey you've just been on.

Personally I had to immediately listen to the album a second time. And the second time through, I felt I could really understand the path Watkins was taking in his psyche as he composed these tracks and chose their layout in the context of a complete album. In my eyes it was an emotional journey for him, from tension and aggression to a [relatively] calm and peaceful place.

Give this another listen on a good sound system if you haven't in a long time... if your opinion hasn't improved, I will genuinely be surprised. And if it's your first time, have fun.


June 18, 2003

Apart from the "western meets trance" track 'Pistolero' and the last two, which are ambient/chill out, this is Juno Reactor's darkest album to date.