When Brooklyn's No. 1 party-starting DJ Frankie Bones veered his 2000 mix CD, You Know My Name, into a self-produced track urging us to "Get the F*%$ Up," there was only one proper response: "Yes sir!" The veteran populist earned his stripes by initiating some of the earliest raves in America, pioneering the hard, stripped-down sound that typifies New York's hard acid and techno. On You Know My Name, Bones is in classic form, delivering rough beat science relieved by occasional vocals, machine-generated timbre tweaks, and a lively overall mood. There's even some melodic elements -- what do you know, some of these tracks actually have chords.
Best of all, the lethal kickdrum attack of DJ Randy's "Drums Please" and the droning bass of "Bad Dog," by Charlie Hall vs. Cofusion, are as rapturously physical in your living room or headphones as they are on a dark, crowded dance floor. By comparison, Bones's latest, Army of One -- a collection of new, unmixed tracks -- feels like a grab bag. Nevertheless, cuts like "It's Good for America" (based on what sounds like Lee Iacocca declaring, "If it's good for me, it's good for America") and the old-school hip-hop-referencing "Bounce Skate Roll" allow us to imagine Bones mixing them into another storming set. Which, of course, is the entire point.