Prodigy, The - No Tourists [2LP]
NO TOURISTS, has been written, produced and mixed over the last year by Liam Howlett in his studio in London's Kings Cross. Though this is - Liam notes - ''very much a band album.'' Maxim and Keef Flint are very much present and correct, each supplying their legendary vocal skills on this, the Essex machine's seventh studio record. Yes, there are one or two collaborators, but fundamentally this is the sound of the central PRODIGY three, bringing their riotous sound to audiences old and new, two decades since they changed the face and sound of electronic music with epochal album The Fat Of The Land.
Expanding on the general shape of the project, Liam says: ''this album is equally aggressive as the last records - but in a different way.'' A musician, songwriter and studio maestro, Howlett is as rigorous and righteously Up For It as he was when he formed his 28-years-young band. He explains that, as ever, the new songs ''are built to play live. That's the one thing that brings everything together. I couldn't write this music unless it has that outlet on stage. That helps write the music. This is what I do it for: the live thing. And until we feel like we can't do it, or the buzz goes, we won't stop.''
It's that sense of do-or-die commitment that is reflected in the album title. ''To us, NO TOURISTS is ultimately about escapism and the want and need to be derailed. Don't be a tourist - there is always more danger and excitement to be found if you stray from the set path.''
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