Juno Reactor – Beyond the Infinite

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Ben Watkins’ second album as Juno Reactor is a collaborative extravaganza drawing upon the burgeoning talents of Paul Jackson (Genetic/Voodoo People), Stephane Holweck (of Total Eclipse), Mike Maguire, Johann Bley, and Jens Waldebäck (Cwithe). The album is named for the final sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and most tracks are anchored by clever samples from film (Dune, The Doors, and The Swimmer, among others). Many producers have sampled movies, of course, but a close study of Watkins’ discography will reveal a degree of cinephilia that obviously informs his approach to composition. There are no really weak moments on the album, although tracks like Rotorblade, Guardian Angel, Samurai, and Feel the Universe stand out as clear fan favourites. Overall it remains the most forward-thinking full-length album of 1995 and a crowning achievement of electronic music.

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