General Patton vs. the X-ecutioners

General Patton vs. the X-ecutioners (Ipecac)

Twenty-three tracks in 46 minutes -- this collaboration-by-mail gets right to the point. Mike Patton sent DJ squad the X-ecutioners some albums to play with, they sent sound files back, he twiddled 'em around and released the results on his own label.

DJ albums, like Patton solo discs, tend to be masturbatory affairs. This project, though, seems to have inspired each side to keep its worst excesses in check. Patton and the X-ecutioners both realized that overweening ego could blow up the soundworld they were trying to create, so each side stepped back a little, and the results are surprisingly listenable.

Yes, there are scratches and squiggles aplenty. And yes, Patton's passion for lounge and exotica gets indulged a little. But because of the way its brief tracks blur into one another, General Patton vs. the X-Ecutioners is a brisk, enjoyable journey rather than a slog. Patton's willful eclecticism makes it hard to judge which of his one-off projects is actually worth a fan's cash. This is one of the good ones.