Eventually this pulsating compilation of electronica videos will qualify as a raver's relic, but time will never erode the driving drum and bass grooves that comprise this 16-track survey of club hits. This isn't merely music to listen to, and these aren't videos you'll watch repeatedly with rapt attention. No, you'll want to absorb this DVD into your bloodstream until it catapults you into an altered state of consciousness, whether or not you've added any artificial inducements to get there. Besides, you won't need an alternative fuel source to accelerate with this one-stop party favor. Get yourself a big screen, a great Dolby 5.1 system, and crank this puppy to "11," 'cause Sound & Motion, Vol. 01
ain't for wussies.
Inevitably it's a mixed bag. Only a few of the videos are truly memorable, and some tracks are prone to the redundant funk that covers much of electronica's landscape. Still, the highlights are atmospheric, and the lows are never really low. The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim take top honors with tracks 1 and 2, and for sheer visceral pulse you've got Goldie, Crystal Method, and the Prodigy to kick your brains out with shock-sights and violence. That's all balanced out by the calmer tracks, notably the Indian groove of Talvin Singh. Dieselboy's video is a prime example of abstract audiovisual symbiosis, while Sly & Robbie's "Superthruster" is a treat for fans of sci-fi anime. It's a pity the directors aren't credited on screen, but that's a minor quibble. Kick back, hit Play All, and prepare to be dazzled. --Jeff Shannon