Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One (1999)

Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One is a 1999 solo mix album by Liam Howlett of The Prodigy (the latter was used as a moniker in this case), and it was initially produced for BBC Radio 1‘s mix show The Breezeblock.
There are 48 tunes from many artists mixed, scratched and cut. The album came about as a result of a 1998 guest DJ appearance by Howlett on Mary Anne Hobbs‘s Breezeblock show on the UK radio station Radio 1, producing a similar set.
As though he wasn’t the feature player on each of the three Prodigy albums preceding it, The Dirtchamber Sessions presents Liam Howlett in a solo setting. But here, instead of showing off his production wizardry, his long history as a DJ and mixing abilities are on display. They’re proved more than up to the task, as Howlett plays mix and match with over 50 records from his hip-hop and funk past. While the Chemical Brothers‘ mix album (released the year before) showcased the duo digging deep in their record crates for a set of soul chestnuts and rare finds, Howlett‘s selection and feel for the flow of a mix is superior. Including tracks by the JB’s, Herbie Hancock, the 45 King, L.L. Cool J, the Sex Pistols, and Jane’s Addiction, Howlett chooses grooves familiar to all and improvises around them (as any old-school DJ would think obvious) instead of mixing between two tracks few have ever heard. The result is an enlightening, practically flawless mix album.

Tracklist

  1. Section 1 – 7:18
    1. Billy Squier, “The Big Beat” (1980)
    2. Run-D.M.C., “Here We Go (Live At The Funhouse)” (1985) – is labeled as “Intro Beats” in the CD booklet.
    3. Rasmus, “Punk Shock” (1998) – is mislabeled as “Tonto’s Release” in the CD booklet.
    4. Hardnoise, “Untitled” (1991)
    5. Incredible Bongo Band, “Apache” (1973)
    6. The Chemical Brothers, “Chemical Beats” (1994)
    7. Syl Johnson, “Different Strokes” (1967)
    8. Ultramagnetic MCs, “Kool Keith Housing Things” (1988)
    9. Lightnin’ Rod featuring Jalal, “Sport” (1988)
    10. La Pregunta, “Shangri La” (1978)
    11. Ultramagnetic MCs, “Give the Drummer Some” (1988)
    12. Time Zone, “Wildstyle” (1983)
    13. Chic, “Good Times” (1979)
  2. Section 2 – 6:44
    1. Bomb the Bass, “Bug Powder Dust” (1994)
    2. Trouble Funk, “Pump Me Up” (1984) – is mislabeled as being by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
    3. The Charlatans, “How High” (1997)
    4. Prodigy, “Poison” (1995)
    5. Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing” (1990)
    6. Tim Dog featuring KRS-One, “I Get Wrecked” (1993)
  3. Section 3 – 6:03
    1. Babe Ruth, “The Mexican” (1972)
    2. The B-Boys, “Rock the House” (1983)
    3. The Chemical Brothers, “(The Best Part of) Breaking Up” (1996)
    4. Word of Mouth, “King Kut” (1985)
  4. Section 4 – 7:52
    1. DJ Mink, “Hey! Hey! Can You Relate” (1990)
    2. The KLF, “What Time Is Love?” (1988)
    3. Frankie “Bones”, “Funky Acid Makossa” (1988)
    4. Frankie “Bones”, “Shafted Off” (1988)
    5. Frankie “Bones”, “And the Break Goes Again” (1988)
    6. Meat Beat Manifesto, “Radio Babylon” (1990)
    7. Herbie Hancock, “Rockit” (1983)
    8. Prodigy, “Smack My Bitch Up” (1997) – not listed in the CD booklet.
    9. Public Enemy, “Public Enemy No. 1” (1987) – not listed in the CD booklet.
    10. The 45 King, “900 Number” (1989)
    11. Prodigy, “Molotov Bitch” (1996) – not listed in the CD booklet.
    12. Propellerheads, “Spybreak!” (1997)
    13. Beastie Boys, “It’s the New Style” (1986)
  5. Section 5 – 4:57
    1. Sex Pistols, “New York” (1977)
    2. Fatboy Slim, “Punk to Funk” (1996)
    3. Medicine, “I’m Sick” (1997)
  6. Section 6 – 5:48
    1. D.ST., “The Home of Hip Hop” (1985)
    2. JVC Force, “Strong Island” (1984)
    3. Primal Scream, “Kowalski” (1997)
    4. Beastie Boys, “Time to Get Ill” (1986)
    5. Barry White, “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” (1973)
    6. Public Enemy, “Public Enemy No. 1” (1987)
    7. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s, “Blow Your Head” (1974)
    8. The Chemical Brothers, “(The Best Part of) Breaking Up” (1996) – not listed in the CD booklet.
    9. T La Rock, “Breaking Bells” (1993)
  7. Section 7 – 3:59
    1. LL Cool J, “Get Down” (1987)
    2. Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance” (1989)
    3. Uptown, “Dope on Plastic” (1989)
    4. Coldcut, “Beats and Pieces” (1987)
  8. Section 8 – 8:40
    1. London Funk Allstars, “Sure Shot” (1995)
    2. West Street Mob, “Break Dance–Electric Boogie” (1983)
    3. Hijack, “Doomsday of Rap” (1988)
    4. Renegade Soundwave, “Ozone Breakdown” (1988)
    5. The Beginning of the End, “Funky Nassau” (1971)
    6. The Jimmy Castor Bunch, “It’s Just Begun” (1972)

Companies, etc.

Credits

Notes
Released: 22 February 1999
Recorded: 1998
Genre:Electronica, Big Beat
Length: 51:21

Label – XL Records

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