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5.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Retrospective, 10 April 2002
greenlight (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 10.100.02 (Audio CD)
From the opening sub bass swells of Theo Parrish's 'Sky Walking', it was clear this compilation wasn't going to let me off easily. Serving up a volley of cerebral, relentless house and techno courtesy of DBX, Insync Vs Mysteron, & The Chicago Underground Council (whose superb analogue bassline on 'Groove Thang' warrants a mention), I was gasping for air by track 6, having just crawled out of Luke Slaters 'Magic Garden'.
Just when the mood needed a lift the latter part of CD1 provides just that with the soothing downbeat guitar based refrain, 'Amulantarah' by Maxwell House. Things then get tinkly with the hugely rated Moodyman who has a solid reputation among discerning househeads for his lo-fi approach to production, introspective jazz sounds and reverberating beats.
The most striking thing about this CD is the hugely varied scope of the music on offer, yes it's all on the Peacefrog label and yes it's all electronica but this is where the similarities end, making it very difficult to review without passing comment on practically every track!
And yet despite this diversity, the masterful way in which it's been compiled lends it an unexpected consistency. Although there are a couple of punishing tracks on here, notably the screeching 303 acid of Apogee's 'Inside Above' and the equally experimental 'Sonar 123' by Shake, there's more than enough on offer here, to warrant a purchase. The second CD offers up more of an organic feel with the likes of Glenn Underground and Ian O'Brien providing squelchy basslines, crisp beats and warm jazz. It's worth making your way through the unremitting grind of Planetary Assault Systems' 'Gruve' and the aforementioned 'Sonar 123' by Shake to hear the sublime 'Ten Days of Blue' by John Beltram, one of those evocative & uplifting soundscapes which have become Beltrams trademark. The second CD closes with the soulful sound of Roy Davis Jnr bringing things to a smouldering conclusion. In short this is worth a space on your shelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The better volume, 18 Jan. 2004
Jay M "jay_mc" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 10.100.02 (Audio CD)
Volume 2 is more consistent and enjoyable than Volume 1. At times on Volume 1 it would get so repetitive that you would fins yourself pressing the 'skip' button just once too often. There was good material on Volume 1, it's just that there is more on Volume 2.
Apart from Chicago Underground Council's repetitive track, there is much to admire on this double CD collection of some of the best material on the excellent Peacefrog label. Insync versus Mysteron offer up some wonderful Detroit-styled electro-techno. Maxwell House's surprising guitar-based song is as refreshing as it is exceptional.
Theo Parrish gives us some jazzy deep house so reminscent of Peacefrog's output. More jazz-based techno material comes in the shape of Ian O'Brien's superb track.
All the contributions on here are superb, with those of John Beltran and Stasis among the most memorable.
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