on 25 July 2004
Earth Volume 3 is a 10 track compilation by the legendary LTJ Bukem of mellow 'genre-merging' music. Drawing on musical influences from the fields of jazz, percussion and other instrumentals, Bukem presents an uplifting CD that is equally great to relax to. Moving away from the jungle/drum & bass side of things, Earth Vol.3 can mainly be described as a collection of 'jazzy down-tempo beats' and represents the current, musically aware productions of artists under the GLO label. Track 4 is a tune by the 'Words 2 B Heard' project, headed by MC Conrad and sees some great beats, instrumentals and harmonious lyrics combined to produce a refreshing listen. Other standout tracks include 'Distorted Reality' by Bjorn and the brilliant 'Distant Space' by Big Bud. This tune is chill out music at its best....
In conclusion, Earth Volume 3 is another excellent CD release from LTJ Bukem and the GLO label and continues the intelligent & experimental stream of music that Good Looking records is being increasingly associated with. I have owned it for several years and it is still one of my favourite CD's to relax to. I highly recommend it....
on 23 August 2002
I was pleasantly surprised when i bought this album. Mellow drum and bass is great for late nights and those cold winter days, but after aquiring several cds they start to become all too similar. This album has a jazzy edge to it, especially track 3 "jammin on my head". The pace makes it wicked for more upbeat summer nights. It might not be what you expect from bukem, but i think it has added diversity to my collection.
on 20 October 2000
LTJ Bukem has been delivering dreamy drum and bass to all of us for years. To sum his work up would be to use one word: Master.
Earth 2 built where Earth 1 left off, cool D&B that is not chaotic. Earth 3 is a departure somewhat from that. While it has it's share of D&B, Bukem seems to experiment a little with R&B. Not very successfully, though. For the tracks that are signature Bukem, they continue to be outstanding. Beats that float in the clouds is the only way to describe this.
It is unfortunate that these lesser quality tracks are on the same album with some of his best work.
Although not disappointing, I hope Bukem has learned from the experience and will build on it.