JAM LIVE MUSIC ARCADE
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA)
it out now, funk soul brothers and sisters (pump up the volume!)...
If youíve superstar DJ (here we go!) cravings, and got the feeling
youíd been cheated by DJ Hero,
which had as much to do with mixing as a sociophobe at a disco, then
bring the noise for this here JAM thingy.
Itís a thingy of two parts. Plus, joy, it offers an excuse to
whip out the placcy geetaw beyond waiting for Rock Band to
release some decent DLC...
The first bitís the entertainingest, and will have
amateur mixmasters fist-pumping and dressing up as deceased rodents.
Thereís an array of songs from Fatboy Slim, Lipps Inc, Filter,
Modest Mouse and Fall Out Boy through to shit that even the band membersí
parents havenít heard of, subdivided into bits then
subdivided into banks. The five coloured geetaw buttons represent
each bank, in which there are five different sub-tracks, also
represented by the coloured buttons. Sounds complex? Nup. Pick a
bank, start any combo of one to five tracks within, then flippity-flop
between the banks kicking basslines, melodies, vocals and drums in
and out at whim, creating your own unique mix.
Progression brings extra bank sets, so you might have a funktational
verse thang happening and then BAM into a chorus thang with Mr
Whammy, adding more sonics to play with (but no tailsí). Thereís
no gaming point, itís just fun musical play. Do it! Do it!
Perhaps feeling need for a gaming point, however, thereís a shitful
arcade mode. Accurately recreate bank, note and other
changes live, otherwise the trigger bar gets lower. So, in
majestically arse-about fashion, it gets harder the more shite you
Ignore that, dig the creative mixing thang, and JAMís an experience
that wonít have everybody vibing, but it sure worked for us.
[Insert waily Dunya Yusin sample here...]