The Prodigy – Experience (1992)

The UK Hardcore EDM scene was a strange one. It foreshadowed an overall change in the EDM scene, which became much more varied and personalised after the UK Hardcore movement had died off.

The Prodigy were not as individual or interesting at this point in their musical career as later on. Yet, they were more consistent overall. This album is very underrated and overlooked as a musical piece. It shouldn’t be, there are many great tunes on it.

The trip starts with Jericho. It’s a typical piece of the era, with sped up sounds and fast paced breakbeats. The melodies here are killer. After the 1980’s which had a dirge of keyboards and backwards electronic sounds, The Prodigy were here to kick start the 1990’s. “The hordes of Jericho” indeed.

The next tune, Music Reach (1/2/3/4) is another great piece. The melodies on this album are fantastic, and are so uplifting. It takes one to another place emotionally, although many people may claim that the music here is “cheesy”. It’s not, it is actually very good. A killer dance tune. Many computerised Acid House type sounds are here as well.

Wind It Up gets the party started, right from the word go. It’s a fast and fun tune to listen to. It sounds like parrots are squawking here, aside from all the other bizarre sounds here worth listening to. It’s a very unusual sounding album, but worth listening to for sure.

Your Love (Remix) sounds a bit effeminate for The Prodigy, but kicks ass too. It’s a great dance tune to hear, but sounds nothing like The Fat Of The Land ever did. Still, it’s a good piece to enjoy listening to.

The next piece Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2) sounds great and uplifting, perhaps more consistent than the previous pieces have been. There’s a voice screaming, “Hitler! Hit-Hit-Hitler!” here as well. Sounds like a load of drugs were being taken here, mind you. But that’s EDM for you.

The follow up Charly (Trip Into Drum And Bass Version) is a great remix of the original Charly single which made The Prodigy big in the UK. It has some wonderful spacey sound effects in it, as well as a great subsonic bass breakdown. A great effort here. A must listen.

Out Of Space is a nice tune, singalong enough for even mainstream radio play. Some great phrases are here, “I’ll take your brain to another dimension, pay close attention” and the main reggae influenced vocal sample chorus here that persists throughout the tune are really great. This is a great classic off the album, still played by The Prodigy live today.

Everybody In The Place (155 And Rising) is another great remix with some acid house style riffs at a high tempo. It’s an excellent piece that builds up and breaks down well. How on earth Liam Howlett created these awesome melodies, we will never truly know. But it kicks ass.

The next piece is the extended Weather Experience. It begins with weather forecaster samples, before heading into a melancholy set of melodies and spacey sounds. It’s a trip for sure, sounding brilliant and futuristic. It’s somewhat slower than the other pieces on this album, but simply captivating. Weather sounds are everywhere here, a nice touch. A good extended piece which is different, but consistent.

The next much more uplifting song is Fire (Sunrise Version). It’s a good one with a legendary sample, “I AM THE GOD OF HELL AND FIRE, AND I BRING YOU…” is that awesome sample. There is some (likely) Spanish chanting, and some other great samples. This album never fails to deliver musically.

Ruff In The Jungle Bizness is a catchy and uplifting piece about said topic. It’s a nice uplifting number with some sweet bass here. Beeps and pianos intertwine into a pacing and uplifting song. This album is super consistent for sure. “Feel the jungle vibe, baby!”

Death Of The Prodigy Dancers (Live) finishes the album on a very high note. With some MC chanting from Maxim Reality, this is a great tune to dance along to. A great party tune.

In retrospect, this is a very underrated and listenable album, even more so with Keith Flint’s passing. If you really feel like some musical history in EDM, this album most definitely should be a part of your collection. Be sure to check out the remastered and expanded edition of the album for the fans of The Prodigy, it is well worth chasing down.

9/10