I've always had a soft spot for Juno Reactor - they release such amazing singles and then I check out their albums and find them to not live up to the initial servings I've heard.
In this case, I stumbled by accident onto a japaneese pre-release of their new album and have listened to it from beginning to end. And I have nothing more to say than I am amazed.
In the past I've found the production values on Juno Reactor albums to not live up to the scope they're trying to acheive. For example, they'll often have massive orchestral or tribal arrangements that just end up being muddied in the middle of an electronic mess. I don't know if it's a result of new studio equipment bought on Matrix liscence money or what, but while the production still isn't as crisp as it could be, everything gets pulled off excellently.
This album is simply relentless, it gives you 5 minutes of calm buildup with it's first track before kicking into overdrive with Conquistadors Part 2. Then it shifts and hits a very tribal jungle stride with Giant. After is a cool theatric track called War Dogs, and then on to a tribal psy track called Mona Lisa Overdrive that I feel is everything Shango tried to be but didn't quite acheive.
That is basically the feel of this entire album - there are tracks here that are reminiscent of many of my favorite juno reactor tracks from the early days up until the last album. But this time they are executed flawlessly, and the whole album leaves me with my jaw on the floor, amazed and impressed. This is the Juno Reactor album I've been waiting for my entire life. Go get this NOW.
. NR. TRACK TIME .
. 01 Conquistador part 1 06:03 .
. 02 Conquistador part 2 05:06 .
. 03 Giant 04:00 .
. 04 War Dogs 05:00 .
. 05 Mona Lisa Overdrive v2 04:45 .
. 06 Zwara 06:35 .
. 07 Mutant message 06:10 .
. 08 Angels and Men 07:07 .
. 09 Navras 09:06 .