It’s interesting how electro and other break-dancing beats have become hip again. Up-tempo 808 drum patterns, silky synth-lines and spacy bass are in the mix, too bad none of it’s anywhere near as funky as the original jams. Chocolate Weasel’s Marc Royal (aka junglist T-Power) and Chris Stevens turn to the old skool beats on their latest EP and album, but their unsophisticated approach turns these spirited sounds into a nostalgic joke. Music For Body Lockers is more like a music for bodily unlocking. It doesn’t inspire moves at all.
But it makes a humorous soundtrack to an ’80s spy film set in outer space; the dub and reprise versions on the EP extrapolate the themes for scenes following the chase. The electro-rxations are less dominant on Spaghettircation, where the duo indulges in murky breakbeats and psychedelically-warped sound-bites. Soft harmonic ringing, crisp beats and the moog-muted warblings on ‘Flying Saucers’ paint the journey of a peaceful, alien abduction. At some points, they sound-clash a preacher’s call for submissions on insanity with rants on global environmentalism over a bed of jazz or else indulge in the organisation of chaos and noise into a dissonant funk, similar to that of Autechre, but with an organic texture of samples and found-sound. Then sometimes they go completely insane, like the animated drama of a child being attacked by a killer weasel, but for the most part, Chocolate Weasel is on a mindless excursion into sonic oblivion.