Mucho Macho's debut album is the latest offering in the increasingly
predictable big beat genre. True to form it's all very formulaic and
never breaks out of the genre it's chained to.
'The Octamed Tapes' could be an original James Bond score for the 90s,
but No Disco favourite 'Rap is Really Changin'' sounds increasingly
tired. 'Lightning' is their Block Rockin' Beat - they shouldn't have
bothered. 'SKOOBY' starts off all disco before dissolving into a
potential club classic that DJs will lap up. Unfortunately, the
ordinary clubber who buys this record will have to listen to the whole
song, which becomes tedious long before it ends. Mucho Macho need to
realise that their music needs to be as attractive to the average
stereo owner as it is to Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong.
'The Airport Freeze' is the big grower on the album; after originally
thinking it sounded like bad Propellerheads it's now one of my
They finally make an effort to break free from their shackles with
'You Will Burn' which sounds like something by Doc. Scott interspersed
by those increasingly cliched Rockafeller Skank-ish moments.
Nevertheless, there's enough here to suggest that if the big beat fad
lasts they could well turn into the cream of the big beat crop along
with the Chemical Brothers and Norman Cook.
by Neil Callanan