GENERAL PATTON VS. THE EXECUTIONERS
Album Title: General Patton vs. the X-Ecutioners
Producer(s): Mike Patton
Label/Catalog Number: Ipecac 60
Originally Reviewed: March 16, 2005
Not a ragged mash-up but not quite a cohesive whole either, this
chop-socky collaboration finds the sinister shapeshifter Mike
Patton (singer of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Lovage, Fantomas
and about a thousand others) slithering his schizoid vocals around
a sea of beats, bass and samples by the acclaimed Cali turntablists.
It's a cool idea, and Patton's certainly up to the challenge,
leaking that liquid-evil vocal work over mostly banging beats
that skittishly weave in hip-hop, metal guitars and "Star
Wars" samples with some material from the corners of the
X-Ecutioners' vinyl crates labeled "obscure," "Indian"
and "lo-fi funk."
But things tend get a little rickety in the second half, when
the beats are replaced by half-formed paste-up soundscapes and
the X-Men rely too much on old kung-fu flick samples, the most
played-out mix-tape trick since that rat-a-tat-tat sound effect.
Still, it's a funky novelty bridge between turntablism and whatever
world Patton's in.