The Crystal Method
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Perhaps a crude simplification, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland - the Crystal Method - have been described as the USAs answer to the Chemical Brothers. The duo relocated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 1989 after working on vocal house tracks but having become increasingly interested in underground, non-vocal dance music. The Crystal Methods sound is a hybrid of 70s funk and disco samples (from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes) and dense layers of percussion and synthesized loops. The distortion and treatment of these electronic sounds can, paradoxically, often make them sound like more traditional instruments. Their tracks have appeared on many trip-hop compilations and they have made numerous appearances at events and clubs in the USA and Europe. Like the Chemical Brothers, their music is at its best as accelerated breakbeats with funky basslines, startling crescendos and unexpected drops.