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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raw Canvas
  • ASIN: B002MB0X2K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Just a little over a decade has passed since 4hero’s MOBO award for Best Drum & Bass Act. It’s a good time to look back on the journey taken, and to release a compilation of some of their original tunes – from their 1995 album Parallel Universe, via Two Pages, Creating Patterns, to 2007’s Play with the Changes – albeit as takes on their own ‘standards’, completely rearranged by like-minded musicians and producers.

Extensions can be savoured in its own right, although knowing the originals might help. Most rearrangements give new clothing to the original pieces, often subverting the mood (the dramatic Planetaria, turned to an atmospheric bossa by Christian Prommer's Drumlesson, is a pearl). Full marks go to Humans, morphed by The Sub Ensemble from the full-on electronic original to a breezy nocturnal fusion, with a slightly noisier build-up at the end.

If the opening Universal Love is as stylish as 4hero can be, with its lush strings, the dramatic fully fledged orchestration by the Sonar Kollektiv and ever meaningful lyrics, and the closer Star Chasers tackled in the only possible way, miles from the beautiful original (here turned to a languid folk/jazzy tune by [re:jazz]), it is Third Stream that tops them all. It’s a virulently intelligent jazz rearrangement, a total syncopated joy intensely rendered by pianist extraordinaire Robert Mitchell with his 3io. It’s absolutely this compilation’s vibrant heart.

The chosen tunes, each with a distinctive newly acquired personality, are sequenced to create a flawless balance, undisturbed by the one odd one out. The rendition of Cosmic Tree sounds flat and rigid: a bare, undeveloped six-beat replaces the original drum & bass, overwhelming the structure and stifling its fluidity (the intention behind such an arid soundscape is not clear). But in context, it works as breathing space between the lavishly baroque disco-diva Sophia and the Cuban-vibed People Always Criticise Us.

One for the pedestal is drummer Luke Parkhouse, whose sensitive, articulate playing and highly recognisable sound has accompanied 4hero in their journey: here he puts his signature to Blank Cells. Overall, Extensions is an excellent album. --Lara Bellini

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track1 has it 1 April 2011
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A mixed bag of interesting library grooves , with some very fine playing notably by the Scouse Session Orchestra. But Track 1 is something else altogether...a dream team of breakbeats, stellar jazz musicianship and arranging and wonderful vocals.A beautiful in-love/with life ethos pervades the lyric. In my all-time Top 5 I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a slice of the nice 12 Jun 2014
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Simply beautiful from start to finish it shows how far dego and marc mac have come in the last 20 years. rejazz have made such a great job of the already lush starchasers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 10 Nov 2009
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What a fantastic album, when i put this cd in my player the room is filled with butterflies, rainbows and the sweet smell of jasmine in the air (lol). But seriously I have to take my hat off to 4hero, when they left Gilles Peterson's label (Talkin Loud) I thought that was the end of the high quality album releases, I mean most bands that leave a major label and try to put records out themselves end up with sub standard low budget albums but 4hero have continued to deliver high quality albums where the listener can hear the time, love and effort put into making the music. Extensions is a great album and it sounds to me like all the contributing artist took pride in covering some of 4hero's classics. I still have to take into account that this is not a 'real' 4hero artist album but it is far more than a simple remix album it certainly deserves a place in the 4hero record collector's box or on their records self, it's on mine now. Great project.

I was almost put off buying this album when I read the previous review but that author obviously didn't have a clue what he was saying.

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