South Central’s aptitude for a boisterous remix has gathered some friends over the last few years, but ‘Society of the Spectacle’ is a telling example of the pitfalls between stamping your authority elsewhere and creating something entirely in your own image: it’s difficult to excel at both. An album of fits and starts, ‘Bionic’ attempts to be an Underworld-meets-acid house monster that gets nowhere near the euphoria it promised, and ‘The Moth’ reverts to remix-type – a sped-up, mangled version of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. But the videogame crash of the album’s title track is a bona fide 8-bit highlight, ‘The One’ is slick and stylised, and ‘The Fourth Way’ dispenses with the identikit vocals entirely, meandering off on a journey of gentle, broken dubstep and the metallic sounds of Optimus Prime’s dying breath. Not a classic but the highlights are worth remembering.

By Reef Younis

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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