Bomb the Bass ‘Future Chaos’ (K7)

Bomb the Bass is back, but put away that smiley face: this is no nostalgia trip. With Future Chaos, Tim Simenon revamps his long-running project to produce a record that’s fresher than anyone might have expected from an outfit that got its start in the ’80s. Tickling tweeters and pushing the limits of low-end, the album hovers confidently on the cusp between futurism and vintage, boasting the sort of confident songwriting that’s a rarity anywhere, much less in electronic music.
Simenon calls it “electronic music with soul,” but that barely begins to describe it. At once lush and chilly, intimate and alien, Future Chaos is a synth-rich album boasting guest vocals from Jon Spencer, Mark Lanegan, Fujiya & Miyagi’s David Best, Toob and Paul Conboy.
It’s been 21 years since Bomb the Bass’ “Beat Dis” helped usher in the era of sampling, acid house and DJ culture. It’s easy to forget how monumental the single was. Going straight to number two in the UK charts, the song’s success quickly propelled Simenon from underground DJ to in-demand knobsman.
On Future Chaos, Simenon’s guest vocalists are as inspired as ever. David Best, of Fujiya & Miyagi, spreads his trademark free-association whispers all over “Butter Fingers.” Toob, the duo of Jakeone (Jake Williams) and Red Snapper’s Richard Thair, lend a nervous, sultry touch to “Burn the Bunker.” Jon Spencer—yes, he of Blues Explosion fame—infuses “Fuzzbox” with the distant purr of robot phone sex. But the most striking appearance here might be Mark Lanegan’s. Formerly of the Screaming Trees, a onetime member of Queens of the Stone Age and collaborator with PJ Harvey, Lanegan has a voice like no other; on “Black River,” his smokes-and-whiskey drawl proves the perfect complement to Bomb the Bass’ rich sonics.
The more you listen, the more you hear—ghostly tones, stealthy modulations, diamond-like harmonics that dissolve upon impact. That’s immediately clear with “So Special,” the album’s first single—a melancholy disco lullaby with harmonies downy enough to rest your weary head upon. An electronic album that isn’t bound by genre; a pop album that’s not afraid to stretch out or space out– Future Chaos is these things and more, and it’s here now. If this is the shape of chaos, maybe we don’t have so much to worry about!

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