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Life Mirrors
Life Mirrors
Price: £14.48

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Survivors, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Life Mirrors (Audio CD)
BEATLESS(another Paul Martin project) first appeared on the music scene with "Latinaire", a
single that kicked off the critically acclaimed "New Latinaires" series from Ubiquity. Their debut
full length, "LIFE MIRRORS", sometimes clubby, sometimes sultry, brings about the future of soul. All one needs to imagine are names like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, The Neville Brothers, and Sly and the family Stone processed through the pro-tools system of a west-end London studio. Featured on vocals is a pletora of amazing new singing and rapping talents, including Colonel Red, Quasimoto(aka Madlib,aka Yesterday's New Quintet), Nathan Haynes and more...

Take That Train
Take That Train
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Price: £12.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A-train, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Take That Train (Audio CD)
The pairing of Paul Martin(Gilles Perterson's partner at Talking loud) and multi-instrumentist
canadian born Tyrell, make for a very different kind of dance outfit. This tightly produced album
is genre defying in every sense. House and Jazzy breaks abound, but are tightly laced with balearic latin and african sounds, forays at times into Drum and Bass territory, probes the depth
of bass in every groove, flirts with psychedelia, and emerges in a style all of it's own, powerful
and spirited. This album, as for any Ubiquity record, comes with a money back guaranty!

Dub Selector
Dub Selector

5.0 out of 5 stars Bass Therapy, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Dub Selector (Audio CD)
Another jewel compiled and conceived by Bruno Guez, DUB SELECTOR offers the deepest bass therapy around, as applied by artists such as St-Germain, Luciano, I:Cube, Boozoo Bajou and more.
Paying tribute to the original dub scientists of the 70's, this new generation of groove masters deliver much needed positive vibrations on 12 superbly chosen tracks.

Born On The 24th Of July
Born On The 24th Of July

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Soul, 11 Feb. 2002
Presence, Furry Freaks only begin the list of pseudonyms behind which CHARLES WEBSTER has
operated as one of the most prolific House producer of the last decade. BORN...retains all of the
valor of previous productions, but the approach is decisively more on songwritting than beat construction. Sometimes R&B, sometimes alternative, featured vocalist include Del St-Joseph,
Steve Edwards and Massive Attack's Sara Jay. The rhythms are slow, the mood sultry and the
vibe intoxicating. In this beautiful after-hours soundtrack, CHARLES WEBSTER makes the connection and places heart and soul at the core of his music.

Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nipon Icon, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: ZEN (Audio CD)
In a genre otherwise known as "Abstract" hip-hop, the music of "Zen" has more to do with
Fusion-Jazz and psychedelia, than with formulaic Rap. This allows veteran Japanese DJ Krush to
explore new territories without creative restraints, proving that Hip-hop is still an ongoing experiment, a global phenomenon with a 3 decade history. Where the needle scratches and the
beat stomps through the woofers, the vocals of Zap Mama, N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies) and Sunja Lee soar, while rappers Boss the MC and Black Thought (the Roots) apply rhythm, reason and rhyme. For all is trademark "Krush" sound, Zen manages to surprise and
elevate a whole genre to new grounds.

Opus Eleven
Opus Eleven
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Price: £13.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral Manoeuvres, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Opus Eleven (Audio CD)
A favorite on the play lists of KCRW and KXLU, a "catch of the day" on KROQ, and now with musical works featured on TV shows like Buffy and Angel, Los Angeles composer George Sarah is
gaining an ever greater audience. His record, a unique hybrid of classical chamber music and subtle ambient electronica, succeeds where others, like William Orbit's "Pieces in a modern style" produced only yarns. Perhaps George Sarah knows something about the texture and dramatic intensity emanating from the chords of a Cello, or a Violin when performed acoustically by his string section. "Opus 11" bears resemblance to Massive Attack's symphonic arranger Craig Armstrong's "The space between us", but it is a scaled down, more minimalist journey which doesn't try to be a blockbuster Soundtrack with every chord progression, exercising restraint and leaving enough emptiness for the listener to come and meet his music halfway.

Hi-Fidelity Lounge Vol. 3
Hi-Fidelity Lounge Vol. 3
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Price: £34.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to form, 11 Feb. 2002
If you're wandering aimlessly in search of a record that could recreate the excitement of your
cosmopolitan late night excursions, you might want to lend both ears to the third installment of the Hi-Fidelity series. As other compilations in the chill-out genre have by now ran out of steam, recycling the same 5 year old tracks heard everywhere else, Guidance records keeps digging
out true musical gems. While "Lounge"(featuring tracks by the Dining Rooms, Thievery Corporation, Soulstance, etc...) plays off as the sexy, groove laden soundtrack for metropolitan cocktail-sipping hipsters, "Dub Session" is a more intimate affair, delivering this time a much more progressive selection (featuring the works of Cotton Belly, Tosca, Boozoo Bajou, DJ Krush et al...), preserving the deep roots of dub, but thrusting the bass-heavy rhythms forward into the new millennium. Both albums and their predecessors in the series, simply stand out as the bes collection of their kind."

Numero Deux
Numero Deux
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Price: £16.90

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downtempo Spaghetti, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Numero Deux (Audio CD)
Milan's The Dining Rooms have sometimes drawn comparison to Thievery Corporation or Air.
They are neither. Rather, one would have to imagine the music of Serge Gainsbourg cut up and
reconstructed by DJ Shadow, playing as the soundtrack to a french new-wave film by Jean-Luc
Goddard. The brooding mood escapes typical electronica lounge clichés and enters darker
territories, driven by mid-tempo hip-hop breaks and haunting minor chords bass lines. Occasional vocals, whether dialogue or sung melody, play as the nostalgic protagonists on an abandoned movie set. The production quality is tasteful and slick and leaves enough free space
between the listeners ears,to let the film play in your head.

Animal Magic
Animal Magic
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Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Animal Magic (Audio CD)
With his personal and mesmerizing musical work, musician and DJ Bonobo(aka Simon Green)
infuses vibrancy into a genre that too often dangerously borders elevator Muzak. Ever since releasing early material from his hometown of Brighton, Bonobo caught the ear of critics and fans
alike, which prompted a collaboration with a certain MR Scruff, and a signing to label Ninja
Tunes. Now a worldwide audience can discover the subtle riches and mood buildings of "Animal
Magic", it jazzy breaks and dreamy soundscapes, all designed for the perfect, most beautiful,
chill-out experience.

Beats 'n' Bobs
Beats 'n' Bobs
Price: £23.19

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Fluid, 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Beats 'n' Bobs (Audio CD)
Heralding from Glasgow, Scotland, Aqua Bassino delivers a pitch perfect album under a startling
array of influences, ranging from Jazz and African rhythms, to Nu-Soul and House. "Beats and Bobs" unfolds each track with a deep and intimate layering of textures, a lot of which is provided
by live instrumentation and vocal performances. Avoiding over sampling and the generic feel of
drum machines, it favors quiet rhythms with an organic feel. At times, the piano delivers such
emotionally rich melodies, a strange melancholy creeps in, and seems to resuscitate the spirits
of Eric Satie and Claude Debussy.

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