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 Zap Meemees (Sonore) CD

 Oh, the insanity! On 2003's Anorexia Gas Balloon, Japanese cut-up kings Satanicpornocultshop proved they could make some of the most over-the-top, sample-based collages this side of anywhere. With their follow-up release, Zap Meemes, this self-described surrealistic hip-hop collective offer up a hefty all-you-can-eat smorgasboard of remixes, singles, and compilation tracks, pulverizing, regurgitating, and reinterpreting everything from Kylie Minogue and the Velvet Underground to Duran Duran and Black Sabbath. Samples are mashed and familiar vocals are unnervingly reinacted by SPCS with their usual bravado, but at 70+ minutes the disc suffers from compilational bloat. Of course, there are some Himalayan peaks reached here. Certainly "Mutherfacker" finds the group in stellar quasi-scatalogical form and the final, hidden bonus track is Satanicpornocultshop overkill at its best, mixing John Lennon, Black Sabbath, XTC, Billy Joel, Elton John, "God Bless America," and countless other pop standbys into a wild 'n' wooly commentary on post-9/11 America [Sadly, because of profanity, I can play neither track on the radio]. In the end, however, while it dishes out some fantastically delectable sonic treats, taken as a whole Zap Meemes leaves you feeling overstuffed and undernourished. Take small bites.


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