Meat Beat Manifesto – Impossible Star

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There I was in a double decker wingtube to Malaysia and I think to myself I should catch up with the Brainwashed podcast shouldn’t I? On it goes, and what do you know, John thingy’s guest for the episode is Jack Dangers, talking about his new album with my beloved Meat Beat Manifesto, ‘Impossible Star’.

Of course I buy it soon as, don’t I?

I’ve loved MBM since I visited a friend at college and she taped 99% for me, plus some other stuff including Nitzer Ebb (the Essex Front 242) and Front 242 (the Aarschot Nitzer Ebb). Don’t know what happened to her – I seem to recall she became a cop? Whatevs.

This is a solid MBM album, with many familiar textures and features, so I thought I’d present this review in the form of a matrix, so that readers can get directly to the bits they need. I’ve been working too hard.

Track
bpm / duration
Instruments /
Atmos
Album Role /
Discography /
Callback
Vocals
Bass
Drums
ONE
n/a / 02:40
swaying weird, looping movie atmospheric opener

can’t think of one

Vocals: Muffled speech samples Bass: none really Drums: none here either
Bass Playa
91 / 02:43
meow meow meow ahhhh here it is

Funny Feeling / Let’s Have Fun

Vocals: Muffled speech samples
Bass: dododododo
Drums: chugga chugga chugga
We Are Surrounded
115 / 06:00
juddering squelch, strums,
radio tuning
step it up a notch

Mad Bomber / The Woods

Vocals: Muffled speech samples,
Vocoder,
Accents
Bass: In the background
Drums: “Being Boiled”
Unique Boutique
124 & 68 / 03:02
pulses and tones previous album refresher

‘Lonely Soldier’

Vocals: Muffled speech samples
Bass: death rays
Drums: slow plod with skittering as is the style,
crashing cymbals
Nocebo
120 / 05:31
touch of the acids quirky sidestep

‘Placebo’

Vocals: Vocoder
Bass: chattering up and down
Drums: rimshotsssss
Impossible Star
106 / 03:54
jazzy chords title track, duh

‘Let’s Have Fun’ again? it is a fave of mine, but i’m not obsessed

Vocals: Muffled speech samples,
Ooooooooooo,
vocoder
Bass: In the background, relies more on the beefy drums
Drums: frantic snares
Lurker
114 / 14:52
plinky tones,
bouncy twoinks,
floaty yays
the long one

‘The Utterer’?
Also reminds me of ‘Let’s Have Fun’ a bit

Vocals: Distant simian choir
Bass: tab of acid
Drums: sparse taps with crunchy rattle
T.M.I.
73 / 05:16
jazzy chords, crackly vinyle, floaty tones jazzy one

Stuff off of  ‘At The Center’

Vocals: Vocoder,
Jack
Bass: dubby straight
Drums: muffled simple loop
Liquidators
n/a / 02:59
crackly vinyl
radio tuning
atmospheric middle

bits of ‘Electric People’

Vocals: Non-english,
Muffled speech samples
Bass: n/a
Drums: n/a
Nereus Rov
97 / 03:31
reverb bleeps, echoey peeps, tweeks we continue

can’t think of one

Vocals: n/a
Bass: low enough not to care
Drums: crashing loop
Synthesizer Teste
122 / 04:40
echoey bleeps,
tweeks
radio tuning
playing with his toys

sample from FSOL PNG?

Vocals: Vocoder,
it’s a test of course
Bass: bloop
Drums: Being Boiled’ again
Rejector
n/a / 03:04
roaring rumble,
whoosh,
voices,
tones
atmospheric ender

can’t think of one

Vocals: nothing coherent
Bass: none just the rushes
Drums: n/a
The Darkness
140 / 05:42
plinky tones,
bouncy twoinks,
tweeks,
voices
big finish

‘Spinning Round’

Vocals: Reverby exclamations
Bass: deep bubbles
Drums: 4/4 give it some more

More of the studio wizardry you’ve come to expect. The interview on the podcast made JD sound so cute and nerdy, he was just talking about what the ideas for the noises were.

I am electro, and I can dig the music, kids.

Buy it.

I did.

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About matthewpetty

UK Engineer washed up on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Both Bars On Middle East Correspondent, presenter of the Coiled Spring podcast.

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