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Album Review

It'd be a bit limiting to call the Boom Boom Satellites the Japanese version of Prodigy or the Chemical Brothers, though the comparison goes a long way to describing the sound of Out Loud. "Push Eject" features a breakbeat attack with a set of vocals from Michiyuki Kawashima very reminiscent of Keith Flint (though admittedly he sounds more like Mark E. Smith a couple tracks later). It's clear that this album is much more than just a party record — the vocoder dub of "Limbo" is impeccably programmed, and the live drums by Naoki Hirai add much to "An Owl," with trumpet, sax, and flute as well. What sets this album apart from most big beat casualties is the production — like Si Begg's work as Buckfunk 3000, the Boom Boom Satellites embellish their version of rather uncomplicated breakbeat trance with dozens of little sonic touches that set each track apart. It's not the hackneyed Miles Davis impressions on "Batter the Jam No. 3" that make this a more important record than Crystal Method, it's just the natural ease of a well-produced album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Tokyo electronic-pop duo Boom Boom Satellites paired singer/guitarist Michiyuki Kawashima and bassist/DJ Masayuki Nakano, fellow university students who first teamed in 1990. Taking their name from a song by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, they earned wide acclaim for their 1995 debut single "Dub Me Crazy," a highlight of noted DJ Fumiya Tanaka's Abstract Set One compilation; signing with the Belgian label R&S, in 1997 Boom Boom Satellites returned with "4 a Moment of Silence," followed later that year...
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