FIRST MAN IN SPACE REVIEWS
www.armchair-dj.com September 1999
Brian J. Dillard
And so it
goes with Sheffield techno pranksters The All-Seeing Eye. The trio -
composed of Jason Buckle, Dean Honer and "Parrot" Barrett - have already
scored the one-two pop punch of
"Beat Goes On" and
"Walk Like a Panther."
Now, they're ready to reveal their most amazing trick yet: They're actually
really good. "1st Man in Space" finds them collaborating with the Human
League, palling around again with
Jarvis Cocker, and
paving the way for their sure-to-be triumphant debut album. All in all, it's
a corker of a single.
It helps that the b-sides are so great - all four of 'em. "Sweet Music" is a roiling deep house confection that combines 4 a.m. grooves with the blue-eyed soul vocals of guest singer Boz. This is the track gusgus spent their entire last album trying to compose. The one-off experiment "Luxury," meanwhile, builds its thrash guitars up to a fever pitch before burying them in a tidal wave of Joey Beltram-style bass drone. It's weird, it's wacky, it's fun. "Dirty Slapper" provides six minutes of gritty, swirling digital funk, while the lumbering electro crunch of "No Pop I" reveals the group's ties to the Warp/Rephlex intelligent techno empire.
It's this ability to churn out inventive electronic textures that will save this band from itself. History is littered with crossover acts that gave up on the beats after they tasted pop gold. But if they keep this up, the I may just become Top of the Pops regulars with their integrity intact. We'll see about that backlash.