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X-Press 2 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B000063E6J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Muzikizum
2. Supasong
3. Lazy feat David Byrne
4. Angel
5. Palenque
6. Smoke Machine
7. I Want You Back feat Dieter Meier
8. Call That Love feat Steve Edwards
9. AC/DC
10. The Ending

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Since first hooking up in the early 1990s, The X-Press 2 trio of DJs Rocky, Diesel & Ashley Beedle have been responsible for some of the biggest club hits of our times yet Muzikizum is their debut long-player. Both "Muzik X-Press" and "London X-Press" (released on the Junior Boys Own label) were two of the greatest house records of the 90s, while 2001's "AC/DC" and "Muzikizum" may yet be talked about in similar terms.

It's this track history that makes their debut album so enticing for fans of quality house music. While it isn't the greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread opus we'd anticipated, it is certainly a very fine house album--and very fine house albums are notoriously hard to make. Wisely, the trio have chosen to supplement their greatest adrenaline-pumping moments--the New York meets Brighton prog-funk of "Muzikizum" and "Smoke Machine"--with a variety of deeper, techier and more uplifting cuts. So, we get the poppy "Call That Love" (featuring Basement Jaxx/Fila Brazillia vocalist Steve Edwards), the spacey "Angel" and the old skool piano rush of closer "The Ending". It's all solid, goodtime stuff, but there's little here to match the pop genius of David Byrne collaboration "Lazy" easily the album's stand-out moment. As a result, Muzikizum is merely a good album, rather than a great one.--Matt Anniss

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X-PRESS 2 Muzikizum (2002 UK 10-track CD album and the debut from the electro 3-piece. Includes the #1 hit single Lazy which features the vocal talents of David Bryne from Talking Heads as well as the #2 single I Want You Back. Complete with foldout picture sleeve BRASSIC23CD)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funky house for the summer (when it arrives) 29 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After I heard the single 'Lazy' I thought I'd give the album a whirl. And its pretty good too, providing a chilled funky house ambience, and sounding a bit retro to boot. The aforementioned single stands out, though, as the most likely chart material, but that is no bad thing, as the rest of the album does not sound too 'commercial'.
The title track, Muzikizum, starts the album off well, sounding clean and crisp, with the album progressing through the housed-up Mr.Byrne, through the old skool rave-esque Smoke machine, to the other vocal collaborations of I want you back and Call that love. The album finishes on a high with more funky house in the form of The ending.
All in all a very listenable album, nothing really new but a job well done. If you like your house light, frothy and ideal for summer listening, you can't go wrong!
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4.0 out of 5 stars high expectations...... nearly fulfilled 3 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'd been looking forward to hearing this album for a long time, and to be fair, it has been along time. 10 or so years in the making some might say, but this collection of tracks (i use the term carefully) represents the direction Rocky, Diesel and Ashley have taken their music over the last few years. All of the singles are outstanding, with AC/DC and Smoke Machine getting better with every listen (and they've been around for some time as well!). The album has a good diverse genre crossing nature and you cannot fault the quality of the tunes, but I got the impression that this album was made for DJs. All of the tracks are unmixed, unblended, whatever term you wish to use, and the album doesn't flow as well as (for example) Master's At Work's "Our Time Is Coming" or various albums by Underworld, Basement Jaxx, Chemical Bros etc. The tracks on the CD play exactly as they do when you play the Vinyl multi-disc version. This is good for the DJs, but those of us who only listen, will find a very disjointed "collection" of tracks here.
(Note: See Avalanches "Since I Left You" as a reference point of how to make a flowing, continuous album)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
The eagerly awaited, by me anyway, full album debut of X-press 2 has not disappointed at all. Despite some of the criticism that this is not an entirely original album I feel it is simply misunderstood.
Much like Les Rythmes Digitales 'Darkdancer' album I think 'Muzikizum' has been deliberately made to sound like it is from another era. What 'Darkdancer' is to 80's pop 'Muzikizum' is to 90's house. Not that I feel it sounds dated, far from it, it simply celebrates a different point in dance music culture while still sounding fresh and modern.
The highlights of this album are, without doubt, the insanely catchy 'Lazy' featuring David Byrne of the Talking Heads and the dark and broody 'AC/DC'. The latter of these two sounds too good to be true over clubs speakers and no dj should be with out it.
No self-respecting fan of dance music should be without this album. It's lived up to my expectations and that's no mean feat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great house album 3 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was a little disappointed with some of the press reaction to this album. Okay, so it doesn't exactly push the envelope of house music but it does have some great tracks on it. Dancefloor friendly cuts like Smoke Machine and AC/DC sit well alongside the ultimate slacker's tune, Lazy and the sublimely chilled Palenque.
With the current trend towards 'old skool' compilations and 'dance classics' albums it's good to see at least someone still knows how to do house properly. Nice one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muzikium 10 Feb 2013
By Islo
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this on the strength of one track 'lazy' whick I had liked on the radio. However, the other tracks are not really my style as no lyrics. It's ok but not sure I will listen to the album that much. I will give it another go though.
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