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4.0 out of 5 stars Warpingbasstechhouseelectrocosmicspacebeats ... innit?, 15 Sep 2003
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mission Statement (Audio CD)
Well impressed with Si Begg. Not just because he's called Si either. Depending on what name he's working under, you can get an entirely different sound of album to the last one you got. After picking up Cabbageboy's Genetically Modified on Ninja Tunes more electronic N Tone label, I was expecting more DJ Shadow-esque moody beats. Pleasantly surprised when the album leads off with the very tech house This Is The Way. Grooving tech beats, beepings and bleepings, with the beats occasionally phasing up and down and all around the place as if Autechre had been let at the controls for a few seconds or so. Great stuff, and it carries on like this. Fantastic programming on all the tracks, real skill and attention to detail to every aspect of every track. I Like That starts off with sparse electo beats before leading into big BASS and breaks that the likes of Ils and Adam Freeland would like. All Terrain Aspects takes the tempo down into hip hop territory, almost Delton 3030 in nature, love the way the vocals get robotized in a manner similar to the Plaid remix of Grandmaster Flash's Scorpio. Nice. Eurostar sounds like Kraftwerk are at the controls of the train, wicked treated vocals chanting 'EU-RO-ST-AR!', great electro journey mixed with nu skool breaks streetwise. Assault On Precinct 14 is a bassrumbling number, similar in style to the Cabbageboy tracks. Freestyle Disco is a big and balls out bumping house track, ridiculous bass, cheesy disco sample and vocal, grand humour and the kinda thing that leaves you with a smile on your face! Ionic Funk, also reminds me of the Cabbageboy space-hop sound, mixed with breaks, warping bass and tight breaks programming. Vending Machine takes things down a little, a soothing interlude of soft synths. The News goes back to tech house beats, very simple, almost like taking early Orbital like The Moebius and updating it for today. I'm The Bomb is a frantic, scratchy scatter breaks number, little bass rave stabs in the background, another track that reminds me of Ils style breaks. Things round off with We Are Not A Rock Band. And it plainly isn't a rock track. Almost eurotrance beats and bass drive this track.
Its a wicked album, wonderfully experimental breaks and beats that never get boring due to skipping around from uptempo to downtempo, from house to electro at the drop of the hat. Plus the absolute genius on production skills shines right through, love the way tracks blend into each other, keeping a mood and atmosphere going. If you want highpoints, go for I Like It Like That (make sure you listen to it ALL), Freestyle Disco, Eurostar and All Terrain Aspects (if you want something a bit more downtempo). And if this floats your boat, make sure to check Cabbageboy's Genetically Modified and keep out for Mr Si Begg's various names in this world!
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4.0 out of 5 stars well produced, dancable and twisted beats, 8 Jun 2004
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Mr. Stefan Smith "swazzy" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you're looking at this CD it means you have taste. This little puppy will satisfy even the most serious bass junky for the duration of the CD. Essentially it's a very highly polished and progressive electro breaks tip with some experimental hip hop thrown in on the odd track. Ever seen Bladerunner? This is a very dark, robotic but funky bass extravaganza and would of gone as a great soundtrack to film. One track with a very rusty, low fi, pitch shifted beat which kinda reminds me of music that would be played in a dodgy futuristic strip club!
Well worth it in your electro/breaks collection
Buy it! You won't regret it!
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