A lot can happen in 20 years, especially when it comes to music. Throughout the past two decades, the musical landscape has continually merged, morphed, and matrixed, fractured in countless directions while intersecting at the most unexpected points. Electronic music underwent a renaissance in the aughts, rising out of the warehouses and blank spaces and overtaking the biggest festival fields in the world. The Crystal Method followed a similar trajectory since their formation in 1993. The Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo – Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland – set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist.
It all started with their platinum-certified 1997 debut, Vegas, which offered up an Americanized version of the UK Big Beat sound - a heady fusion of late 80's hip hop, rave, techno, and rock. Contemporaries of the Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and FatBoy Slim, Vegas yielded the club ready singles "Busy Child" and "Keep Hope Alive." "Our fans couldn't get a lot of our old vinyl," Ken explains. "We would see copies of Vegas going for hundreds of dollars because they were out-of-print. "People kept asking us for that early vinyl," adds Scott. "There's something romantic about taking a record out of a sleeve, putting the needle down, walking away, and listening to an album...That's something we want to preserve."