Beatblaster is a totally accurate description of what Chicago DJ Psycho-Bitch does on her debut CD. Long time resident on Saturday nights at the Crobar club, Psycho-Bitch was recently voted Chicago’s No 1 club DJ. Her debut CD carries well over an hour of kickass hardhouse beats, pulsing at a steady, heart-rate-elevating pace of 120 bpm. This is in-your-face, pounding, unrelenting, day-glo smeared, club music. At first, the only domestic uses that I could imagine for this CD were: A) partying or B) getting psyched up to go out and party. Unless you take hours to get ready, you might never listen to Beatblaster all the way through. After 15 minutes, you either have to take it off and mellow out or go out and party. Or so I thought . . .back then, before this disco biscuit really began to kick in and the effects took hold.
I first listened to Beatblaster at home alone on a Saturday afternoon. Twenty minutes into it, I was pacing the apartment like I was on speed, all revved up with nowhere to go. When I realized that my hyped up state was being programmed by Psycho-Bitch’s music, I took Beatblaster out of the CD player, put on some Leonard Cohen, and forgot about Psycho-Bitch for a few weeks. Then came my editor’s, patient but firm reminders that I was supposed to be reviewing this CD and like, what the hell was taking me so f*%@ing long?
Chastened, I returned to my reviewing duties. After all, Psycho-Bitch is a major upcoming DJ who has poured her soul into creating this music. It is my responsibility as a reviewer to give her music at least the same quality of listening attention that she gave to recording it. So this time I listened to Beatblaster while lifting weights. That activity turned out to be the perfect fit for Psycho-Bitch’s music in my home. I did an intense workout, energized by Psycho-Bitch’s beats. The energy expenditure left me pleasantly tranced, digging deeply the body-moving, consciousness-altering effects of tracks like The Knuckleheads “Up Front” and Dave The Drummer’s “Strictly Underground”. I also really like the mournful, siren-like synthesizer lines on the intro to Kid Energy’s “Power of Ecstasy”.
The weird thing is that when I put Beatblaster in again today, for the third run through, just to check that it was, in fact, tracks five, nine and 10 that I liked the second time, I let the rest of the CD roll and, you know, feel energized, but I can now listen to Beatblaster quite comfortably while sitting at my computer, typing. This music actually makes me type faster with fewer errors! In fact, this is a very cool CD with multiple potential uses in your life and in your home! Rave on, Psycho-Bitch!
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.
// Sound Affects
"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.READ the article