- Audio CD (7 Jan 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Buzzin' Fly
- ASIN: B0007V5VEC
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|2. Jerkhouse Connection - New York Style|
|3. Manoo and Francois A - Five Seasons|
|4. Ben Watt - Lone Cat (Holding On) (Justin Martin Remix)|
|5. Sofian Rouge - El Wahrania (Montes Midnight Mix)|
|6. Hanna Hais - Rosa Nova (Scientific Soul Sax In Rio Mix)|
|7. Justin Martin - Le Boom|
|8. DJ T - Time Out|
|9. Ben Watt ft. Estelle - Pop A Cap In Yo Ass|
|10. Nookie - Better Love|
|11. Alex S & DJazzy feat. Fubu - Senti Sabi|
|12. Savannah - Night Of Music|
|13. Unity - I Love You (Ben Watt Blackness Of Night Mix)|
|14. Lumiere feat. Big J - Goodbye Illusions (Charles Webster Seriously Deluded Mix)|
Whilst the label has yet to enjoy its first bona fide crossover hit, the sublime "Pop A Cap In Yo' Ass" is easily the next best thing. Featuring Estelle on vocals, the record recounts a tale of shoplifting and the rocky road that lies ahead for children of the ghetto. Musically it pays homage to vintage Chicago house productions from the "Promised Land" era whilst feminising The Streets' curb-stone poetry style.
Thankfully, Ben has included his two year old oeuvre "Lone Cat", that exudes sophistication and soul-kissed beats from the off. This is typical of the Buzzin Fly sound; edgy deep-house grooves embellished with the odd hint of afro-beat, that ooze elegance and panache.
Recordings from Hanna Häis (on the saxual overload "Rosa Nova"), Justin Martin (picking up where the acclaimed "Sad Piano" left-off), Nookie's beautifully crafted dream-educing "Better Love", and DJ T (complete with burbling acid synths on the old school-sounding "Time Out") all highlight a combination of sharp musicianship, sophistication, and in part, subtle vocal flair, which will please mature listeners as well as edify the tastebuds of their burgeoning club following.
Watt's secret, if you can call it that, is his restraint from giving the listener too much too soon, teasing us with R&B inflected house instrumentals, rather than firing a barrage of "Iloveyouyouloveme" clichéd lyrics too often associated with house music.
He draws influence from the master, Larry Levan, saying "modern, relentless DJ sets bore me. He (Levan) paid as much attention to the lyrical flow of his sets as the groove. Stories unfold within the music."
As with the predecessor in the series, Watt's mixing is uncomplicated and assuredly smooth across unfolding musical soundscapes. It's not often that the sequel betters the original, but in this case we'll the make exception. Another first rate compilation that is joy to listen to from a label that is fast becoming the very epitome of cool. --Jack Smith
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