EMI – 2001 – 41 minutes
So what should we make of Adam F, son of Seventies micro-celebrities Alvin Stardust and Liza Goddard, erstwhile Moody Blues keyboard player and former rising drum'n'bass star? Surely no one with such a dodgy pedigree could presume to take on the world's kings of hip-hop in their own backyard –but that's exactly what Adam F does on Kaos.
Stardust Jr is now a hip-hop production mastermind and, following the formula established by Dr Dre's Aftermath and DJ Muggs' excellent Soul Assassins series, he brings in MCs to guest on each track on the album. The format isn't the only likeness between Koas and Soul Assassins Vol One, as the latter's apocalyptic bombast is echoed on the opening track, which features a symphony orchestra. Heavy metal or wha'?
Kaos also commits another dreadful crime against taste by being a concept album – the soundtrack for a non-existent film, no less. What was once a good idea is now the biggest cliché in pop history.
So Kaos is self-important, over the top and woefully unoriginal. Luckily, it boasts a stunning line-up of vocal talent from hip-hop's mainstream (De La Soul, LL Cool J & Guru) and underground (DV Alias Khryst and Pharoahe Monch) and these vocal skills are perfectly complemented by accomplished, slick beats in the West Coast style.
The sound is lush and soulful for Guru, while staccato electro greets Beenie Man & Siamese. MOP do their familiar shouting routine over a punishing piano loop and a massed choir.
Despite numerous flaws, Adam F delivers the musical goods on Kaos, and it's not hard to see how he attracted such a wide range of talented collaborators. Maximum props to the Stardust Jr crew.