Artist: Armand van Helden
Release Year: 2000
Info: Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:13:00
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Label: Armed Records
Product Number: 8573 83319 2
More Information: Armand van Helden – Facebook Fanpage
This is a retro review, seeing as this album is 15 years old. It’s not new, but still fresh. It was a ground breaking album when it was released back in 2000, not only because the music was extraordinary, but the cover was a much talked about cover. A child with a huge gun in his hand, shocking to look at. Thank God the year 2000 is way behind us, and we can talk about one of the best albums from that year, an album that took the dance world by storm… I’m talking ofcourse about Armand van Helden’s ‘Killing Puritans’.
Armand van Helden doesn’t need an introduction, this man is a living legend. He became a world wide phenomena back in 1996 when he released ‘The Funk Phenomena’, but that wasn’t his biggest hit to this day. He has made a lot of records, remixes, but it was the record he made with Duane Harden ‘You Don’t Know Me’ which took the world by storm. A great dancefloor smasher, and still a much loved track, sung by millions of people all over the world. Back in 2000 he released ‘Killing Puritans’ which, as I said before, was a much talked about album. In the United Kingdom the album had to be released with a specially made cover to conceal the picture of the child soldier. To many this was distasteful, but sadly the world we live in. In 2004 and 2007 he released two other albums, called ‘Nympho’ and ‘Ghettoblaster’ and had succes with one of my favourite anthems of all time, ‘My My My’. But for now, let’s focus on the album that I found underneath a huge pile of dust.
Another feature on this album was a weird and cryptic back cover. Everything on the back was written in cryptic letters, and you had to decipher it using the alphabet underneath the tracklist. I think it took me several hours to find out what the actual tracklist was back in 2000, but in 2015 it’s made much easier because we’ve got the world wide web.
The reason I purchased this album was because of a certain track called ‘Koochy’, which was played on a Dutch music channel alot. I fell in love with the scratching bit, and also I bought it because I thought it had a few other tracks on it I liked a lot, like ‘Witch Doctor’, ‘The Funk Phenomena’, but sadly they weren’t on it. How would I know, if it took me hours to decipher the tracklist? In a record store you don’t have the time to find it out, so I bought it because it had his name on it…
01. Armand van Helden – Killing Puritans
02. Armand van Helden – Little Black Spiders
03. Armand van Helden – Breakdancers Call
04. Armand van Helden – House Boxing
05. Armand van Helden – Full Moon
06. Armand van Helden – Koochy
07. Armand van Helden – Watch Your Back
08. Armand van Helden – Hybridz
09. Armand van Helden – Flyaway Love
10. Armand van Helden – Swampthang
11. Armand van Helden – Concience
Now this is a good looking tracklist. No nonsense, the tracks speak for themselves. And the message is clear, very clear. Armand made it very clear to us what he had planned for us: to move to the dancefloor and rave the night away.
The tracks were unusual, even for 2000. This album was ground breaking, and not many people knew it. If you want to hear an album by a very inspiring artist who single handedly changed music, you should get this album a.s.a.p. This man took the music and gave it a twist, a very good twist. From rap/hip hop influenced tracks to tracks influenced by the repetitive sound of Acid House, this album had everything. Some tracks are breathtaking, and some are just slammers, no time to think, no time to mess around, time to get to the dancefloor.
The 1st and 4th track aren’t dancefloor smashers. What are? ‘Full Moon’ and ofcourse ‘Koochy’. This man knew how to create monster anthems, and these two are the best of this album. But let’s not forget ‘Little Black Spiders’, ‘Flyaway Love’ and ‘Concience’. Great and powerful House anthems.
I love the album, and if you don’t believe me, I can’t even play the full album anymore because the scratches make it impossible. I’ve played 9 tracks to the max, two aren’t my cup of tea. ‘Hybridz’ is too long and to repetitive and ‘Swampthang’ too. These two tracks didn’t make me move at all. But the other 9 did, which is good. If only I could play these tracks now…
The album was amazing, and showed me Armand van Helden’s other side we didn’t see before. After this album this man has changed the music industry time and time again, so if you want to hear an album which is one of my favourite albums of all time, you should get this one. Powerful and as we speak underrated tracks. Sadly most people want to hear ‘My My My’ and ‘Bonkers’, but this legendary artist made more tracks, more powerful anthems.
Armand van Helden… a hero. ‘Killing Puritans’ is his best album by far.