Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Bikini-Mania Bonusdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the companion disc to Bikini-MANIA, with more material from the prolific Sr. Bikini. The tracks here are often more experimental, and there are some delightful cover moments as well. If you liked the Surf Champlers, or the industrial remixes of the Surf Coasters, you'll enjoy Black Mascara.
Picks: Black Mascara - Jelly Maniac, Klitori Master, La Noche De La Mona, Morfo Surf, Sweat And Sound, Zoom Orgasm, Mascara Del Mar And His Dragon Surfers (Mexico) - Mas Cerveza Para Mi, Sr. Bikini - Jewish Princess, Pipeline, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, Walk Don't Run, El Santo Had A Hot Rod, Misterio

Track by Track Review

Black Mascara - Jelly Maniac dotdotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

"Jelly Maniac" is an experimental urban tribal thing with thundering bass. It employs digital trickery like an industrial dance monster in very cool ways. Think of it as industrial surf. very cool!

Black Mascara - Klitori Master dotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

Another industrial surf experiment with a James Bond-ish melody line. "Klitori Master" reminds me somewhat of the Surf Champlers. Compelling and courageous redefinition of spy music.

Black Mascara - La Noche De La Mona dotdotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

A small number of vocal enrichments add industrialization to this spy influenced number. Not as melodic as the other Black Mascara tracks, but still quite original and engaging. Inner city tribal.

Black Mascara - Morfo Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody bass line and and industrial tribal percussion run amok beneath a lovely melody that flows despite the rebellion below. Very unusual.

Black Mascara - Sweat And Sound dotdotdotdot
Industrial Dub Surf (Instrumental)

The lovely melody is slightly sad. It brings forth an image of a rainy afternoon. The industrial rhythms and dub elements add an intriguing counterpoint to the beauty of the melody. "Sweat And Sound" is quite interesting and soothing in an after midnight city way.

Black Mascara - Zoom Orgasm dotdotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very dangerous treatment of Johnny Smith's "Walk Don't Run." Its complete reinvention is stunning. Too cool!

Mascara Del Mar And His Dragon Surfers (Mexico) - Mas Cerveza Para Mi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an alternate version of "Mas Cerveza Para Mi." It's very similar in most ways, but less intense and lower energy, with the drums more dominant.

Sr. Bikini - Jewish Princess dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jewish Princess" is a delightful tune with a playful and easy melody with surf whammy and reverb. A straight surf beat and a melody that's not very Jewish, but is fun.

Sr. Bikini - Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This classic instro is done with significant originality, almost as if it were a mix of Summer Breeze and the Nashville recordings of the Chantays for K-Tel. While not the most engaging of the thousands of versions, it is nonetheless very enjoyable.

Sr. Bikini - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight forward version of Richard Rogers' 1936 Broadway tune, based on Ventures' 1964 interpretation. Nothing special, but very competent and enjoyable.

Sr. Bikini - Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A reverent cover of the Ventures 1960 arrangement of Johnny Smith' signature tune. It doesn't fall far from the tree.

Sr. Bikini - El Santo Had A Hot Rod dotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

This is remix of "El Santo Had A Hot Rod." It takes it our of its original groove completely, ending up in industrial land. Quite fun.

Sr. Bikini - Misterio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Low key and dangerous in a dark inner city industrial club vein, "Misterio" is mysterious and forbidding, with pulsing percussion. Glissandos seems so at odds with sequenced percussion that you can't look away.