Various Artists – Kilo Charlie Four, Vol. 2

Various Artists
Kilo Charlie Four, Vol. 2

I’ve had this album much to long to have a good excuse for why it hasn’t been reviewed yet. I suppose my only reasoning is that it’s long and contains some very unique music that is, at least for me, more difficult to describe. Most of the bands here have two songs, although a few just get one. And I’m going to hit them off before telling you about the label, so you’d know if you’re interested.

Line 47 are one of my favorites here with their electro-techno songs. Their first offering, “He He It’s OK” has some fantastic beats and a nice, light, swirling sound, while “Dul M (Didn’t You Know?)” is more ominous yet still high-powered techno-style music.

S.M.R. sound a bit like your typical rage-rock band, but they add in a more electronic and experimental flare to avoid sounding completely redundant. The rap on “No Blood No Crime” sounds a bit odd, and “Fluke” tends to be a light rap song, nothing special at all.

Cleopatra’s Pimp, as you might expect from the name, is a hip-hop act that uses electronic beats and an Eminem-like rapping style that I find catchy, even if the songs try too hard to be hard and edgy. The spacey “Fresh Outta Jail” is far better (and funnier) than the silly “Whtietrash Family.”

“Nightly Specials” from The Terrornova Revival is a terrible almost rock-a-billy meets Beck rock song, and their “Yeah Baby” isn’t much better.

I really like Whitetrash Shaolin’s “Wisdom&Whiskey&Dharma (remix),” a sped-up rock/industrial song that’s catchy and powerful, although “No Safe Return” doesn’t quite match up. It is a bit more electronic, with sampled vocals and a rap style beat, cool in its own right but not quite as catchy.

roAE have a nice electronic offering with “Twixt the Flash and Boom,” a slightly ambient affair, and “Blisphempt” offers odd, almost Carnival-like music.

rusuDen resurrect the resurgence of techno-rock style acts like Chemical Brothers and Prodigy on “.E.N.J.O.Y.E.R.” with fast electronic beats and an in-your-face computer-driven assault. “Mos Manc (talking cross remix)” is a mellowed-out electronic affair that resembles the origins of industrial music in harsh sounds and samples.

Mediocrates’ “Polysome” is a quiet and even jazzy electronic track that is refreshing in its light, improvisational feel, while “Gary Coleman (remix)” is rather tired and boring electronic-rap.

“Witches” from So Junky is just odd, sort of experimental yet more in the rock vein, while “Come Correct” from On Tap is almost tribal and entirely centered around percussion and rhythm.

Fu Man Chaw’s slogan is independent music for independent minds, and this Kentucky label sure is willing to try new things. Their music ranges from rock to hip-hop to electronic, and every song here is original. Not all of these bands are great or even good, but there’s a few gems here worth checking out, primarily Whitetrash Shaolin, Line 47, and rusuDen.