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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking man's Dance Music at last: buy it!
I could not disagree more with the first reviewer on this page, and I am in the company of reviewers from all the major Dance mags: even Virgin have put it in their top recommended lists. I have personally never been a fan of Dance music, but this could convert many who take the time to listen. The sounds are engaging, the melodic ideas imaginative, and the overall mix...
Published on 29 Nov. 1999

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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mind-numbingly dull muzak
As more and more 'sound-systems' release their own mix CD's, it's inevitable that the quality was going to drop. This effort from The End's two DJ's is a lame attempt to catch that bandwagon. It's 75 minutes of unremitting mediocrity and stoltifying music. It's not breakbeat and it's not D&B. It's an unimaginative mix of boring tunes. My advice - steer clear.
Published on 18 Nov. 1999


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking man's Dance Music at last: buy it!, 29 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
I could not disagree more with the first reviewer on this page, and I am in the company of reviewers from all the major Dance mags: even Virgin have put it in their top recommended lists. I have personally never been a fan of Dance music, but this could convert many who take the time to listen. The sounds are engaging, the melodic ideas imaginative, and the overall mix is of the highest quality. As a jazz fan I have to say Deep South is my favourite track, but all are worth a good listen. This is not formulaic club music, but a real attempt to break into a higher level for the genre, and one which succeeds in my opinion ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for discerning listeners!, 5 Dec. 1999
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
Share views of South London fan: Deep South best track by far, but the rest is good quality listening. Terrific mixing and high quality engineering. A must for discerning listeners!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different class, 14 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
The 1st reveiewer is way off base, "Deep South" is qiute simply one of the best tracks I've heard for the last 10 years. The whole album is engaging and sounds as fresh as it did on release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low life, high quality, 11 Jan. 2005
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
Being a DJ, Layo & Bushwacka productions have always had a nice firm place in my collection. Their breaksy/house productions are distinctive and so damn effective. No-one does it as well as they do. I passed over Low Life when it first came out and then opted for the more recent Night Works when it was released. Night Works is definately the slicker of the two albums, but it IS over quite quickly, plus there is no Deep South on it. Low Life has a more gritty raw sound than Night Works. The downtempo tracks aren't quite as polished as the ones in Night Works, but the album as a whole I found was more rewarding. It skips through many more moods than Night Works, from the electronic downtempo funk of Spooked and Low Life, the amazing breakbeat medley of the Dead Man Walking mixes, Ear Candy and the bluesy breaks of Deep South, right up to firing drum and bass as shown on Perfect Storm.
This IS a quality album, currently edging its favour in my book over Night Works. The flow between tracks, the building of atmosphere, upping of tempos only to drop them down again so you get a breather ... all this adds to the quality of the album. The tracks themselves are superb, but the arrangement of them on the album, that extra little bit of care just puts the icing on the cake. Even though Night Works spawned the big hits for Layo & Bushwacka, you just HAVE to get this, its them at their best.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality dance music for the discerning listener, 23 Feb. 2000
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
I have always been a tad sceptical of buying a 'nightclub' endorsed product. Too much oozing Gatecrasher crap out there diluting the more explorational dance music. Layo & Bushwacka have put together and album that is both refined, experimental and eclectic. Tending towards house/drum'n'bass structures with a slower breakbeat tempo...superb!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique good solid album, 24 Jan. 2005
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John Hunt "john-rh" (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic album that has a quality I can't seem to find in any other dance music. It feels pretty laid back throughout, one of those albums you can either sit down and listen to, or get up and dance to. Deep south is by far NOT the best track on there. These other reviewers don't know what they're talking about. Both versions of dead man walking are far far better melodically and technically. Fantastic tunes that have the layo and bushwacka! mark of quality.
As someone who is a big fan of the slightly more weird than most music works, like massive attack - 100th window, plaid, boards of canada etc, I can recommend that you should buy this album, it's not that expensive either. If you like music that makes you feel a certain way, distant perhaps, this is for you. Like I say, a very unique album, doesn't sound like anything else you have. The one star review is obviously by someone into happy hardcore or something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low Life, High Quality, 2 Oct. 2003
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
Being a DJ, Layo & Bushwacka productions have always had a nice firm place in my collection. Their breaksy/house productions are distinctive and so damn effective. No-one does it as well as they do. I passed over Low Life when it first came out and then opted for the more recent Night Works when it was released. Night Works is definately the slicker of the two albums, but it IS over quite quickly, plus there is no Deep South on it. Low Life has a more gritty raw sound than Night Works. The downtempo tracks aren't quite as polished as the ones in Night Works, but the album as a whole I found was more rewarding. It skips through many more moods than Night Works, from the electronic downtempo funk of Spooked and Low Life, the amazing breakbeat medley of the Dead Man Walking mixes, Ear Candy and the bluesy breaks of Deep South, right up to firing drum and bass as shown on Perfect Storm.
This IS a quality album, currently edging its favour in my book over Night Works. The flow between tracks, the building of atmosphere, upping of tempos only to drop them down again so you get a breather ... all this adds to the quality of the album. The tracks themselves are superb, but the arrangement of them on the album, that extra little bit of care just puts the icing on the cake. Even though Night Works spawned the big hits for Layo & Bushwacka, you just HAVE to get this, its them at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This and Night Works Are classics, 3 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
No words to say other than you need this album. Don't waste time with modern s*** when this shows why the late nineties and early 2000's were the golden era of breakbeat music.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End's favourite stars come up with a winner, 5 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Lowlife [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This isnt my style of choice but I have to say when done well you can really get into the tech-breakbeat groove...
Layo and Bushwakka, stalwarts to the End nightclub in Central London and Mr C's undying cause for all things tech-house bring together this years finest breakbeat monster. The album is a creafully crafted set of music that fits together perfectly, theres a classic thrown in that cant stop you wiggling your niggling... Much acclaim in the music press, check it for yourself.
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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mind-numbingly dull muzak, 18 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: Low Life (Audio CD)
As more and more 'sound-systems' release their own mix CD's, it's inevitable that the quality was going to drop. This effort from The End's two DJ's is a lame attempt to catch that bandwagon. It's 75 minutes of unremitting mediocrity and stoltifying music. It's not breakbeat and it's not D&B. It's an unimaginative mix of boring tunes. My advice - steer clear.
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