April 18, 2002

Test Spin: Soundtrack

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Blade, the hero of the creatively-named Blade franchise, is an oddity: he’s half-human on his mom’s side and half-bloodsucker on his pappy’s side. The soundtrack for Blade II is likewise caught between two worlds, presenting tracks and collaborations by some of the biggest names in hip-hop remixed by some of the biggest names in techno.

Fatboy Slim’s take on Eve’s “Cowboy” gives the song an entirely different taste, with Fatboy’s trademark bouncy rhythms giving the track a playful feel. The Redman/Gorillaz track, “Gorillaz on My Mind,” has a similarly light tone. The only instrumental track, “Theme From Blade,” sounds like it’s more fitting for Shaft II, with pimping horns laid over a techno beat.

Mos Def and Massive Attacks’ “I Against I,” Ice Cube and Paul Okenfold’s “Right Here, Right Now,” and Mystikal and Moby’s “Gettin’ Aggressive.” on the other hand, have a more hard-edged sound.

While this album occasionally fails to get the blood pumping, for techno and hip-hop fusion fans, it’s definitely got a strong pulse.

Archived article by Matt Chock