Mark Pistel: That’s What I Like / Solus (Mr. Intl)
Who knew? Mark Pistel of Consolidated is still at it! I am ignorant, as I haven’t heard anything from him since the mid 90s. This two-track EP on Andy Butler’s Mr. Intl imprint is actually quite infectious and far removed from the political industrial-hip hop hybrid of his Consolidated days. Thematically it’s perhaps a bit limp by comparison, opting for electro-tinged grooves instead of social grandstanding, but I’m enjoying the bleepy bounce of these tracks. “That’s What I Like” is a collaboration with Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto (though the vocals are totally vocoded here), sort of a meeting of the minds of two of the main figures of that nebulous white-boy hip hop/industrial crossover phase of the early 90s. But the bassline is good fun, a touch of Wax Trax funk amidst the more current, crisp production sounds. “Solus” is a collaboration with DHS, another 90s heavweight (best known for his club anthem “The House of God”) and is lighter on the funk but heavy on joy. Its sunny pads and syncopated synth bleeps and blips sounds like summer to my ears, with a nice upbeat backbeat to keep my head bobbing in time.