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Juno Reactor, Inside the Reactor
Metropolis Records, July 12

09/08/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Life often comes without basic, for-dummies instructions, especially in the snobby-by-design world of art, where you might, let’s say, like a tune and not even know there’s plenty more where that came from. Juno Reactor — London electro wiz Ben Watkins in fleeting collaboration with tons of different genre vanguards, in other words — is an integral gear in the font of Goa-trance wisdom from which sprang the basic essence of the vibe to Matrix and Mortal Kombat, things like that, bold dream-fugues that toss throat-singing, sweeping orchestration, angelic choruses, hardfloor stompage and uber-slick techno into a randomizer and puree it until it comes out like up-armored New Age music packing Tomahawk missiles.  Similar product would be Orbital and dudes like that, but often tacking more Hindi, which obviously falls in line with Goa (an Indian city that was ground zero for the country’s electro-hippie movement) in the first place. Minor dollops of cheese detract only a little from this collection of remixes (yes, some re-done Matrix stuff is here), all of them screaming black-latex sexual zen from the rooftops. A —Eric W. Saeger
 






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