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Album Review

It's no surprise that Empirion had this released as a single — as a quick, definitely industrial influenced hard techno anthem, it's one of the best, with the slightly aggrieved sample from some anti-drug crusader adding to the weird hysteria of the track. Besides an edit and full version of the song, three further remixes appear on the EP, each one a fine effort from the remixers in question. Dave Clarke's mix substitutes different but equally aggressive, charging rhythms and deep bass moans, with a nagging treble hook as counterpoint. Kris Needs tackles the next under his Secret Knowledge guise, aiming for a slower, off-kilter funk beat approach at the start as well as a touch of Cocteau Twins-style keyboards as the intro. After a minute and a half, though, everything once again revs up to fine effect. Meat Beat Manifesto, meanwhile, fills things out with a trademark hyperactive, shuddering hip-hop revamp from Jack Dangers, keeping the original core synth squelches and amping up their power considerably.

Customer Reviews

Not Too Shabby

I recommend the "Narcotic Influence 1" and "Narcotic Influence (Meat Beat Manifesto Remix)".

The Meat Beat Manifesto Remix is an oddity. There are so many different styles at work here and Jack Dangers makes each of them work together perfectly.


Formed: 1993 in Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s

Debuting with the acid-trance rocker "Narcotic Influence," which was voted one of the 100 greatest dance singles of all time by no lesser an authority than Mixmag, Empirion formed in 1993 at an Essex club featuring resident DJ Jamie Smart. Smart, who had spent time bumming around with the Prodigy's Liam Howlett (the two both worked at a car wash), met up with reformed industrialist Bob Glennie and rock & roller Oz, and the trio soon formed Wanted Records, recording "Narcotic Influence" in just two...
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