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Classic Album Review: 2nd Gen | Irony Is

Wajid Yaseen’s aggressive debut full-length turns electronica into a contact sport.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Electronica seems to have more than its share of 98-pound weaklings — but I wouldn’t try kicking sand in Wajid Yaseen’s face.

Truth be told, I’ve never even seen a picture of him — but going by his debut album under the moniker 2nd Gen, he’s a pretty hard customer. Irony Is is nothing short of electronica as a contact sport — a head-on crash of harsh assembly-line percussion, screeching drill-press melodies, wildly oscillating synthesizers, menacingly distorted vocals and sinister, seething aggression. And it’s as ambitious as it is intense— these dozen veiled threats stake out a ragged plot of turf somewhere between industrial, metal, drum ’n’ bass and punk, draw a line in the sand and dare you to cross it. So how about it, boyo? Ya man enough?