As a big fan of K&D (and Tosca and Peace Orchestra), it pains me to write anything less than a worshipful review of anything produced by these two massively talented downbeat masters. But this early compilation album shows its age now, and it just doesn't have anything like the same gilt-edged quality of their other work.
It's a compilation of other people's stuff, with one track mixed by K&D. So, you might be thinking, it's going to be the same deal as their DJ Kicks album - which was just superb and still sounds fresh today. But this doesn't. It's just a nondescript sequence of, at best, average downbeat drum & bass tracks. At the risk of sounding like your dad, the tracks just all sound the same: the same flange effects, stuttering beats and elastic basslines, and none of them have anything that makes them stand out.
In its defence, you could point out that the album is now almost a decade old, and downbeat has evolved and become more involving and diverse. Maybe when this was released it sounded fresh and, well, good. But now it sounds like an uninspiring compilation of Alex Reece rejects.
If you're a completist, nothing I say is going to change your mind, you're still going to buy this. If you're dabbling or just fancy some quality downbeat listening music, I'd recommend you check out anything - ANYTHING - else by K&D or Tosca before you plump for this.