on 27 July 2013
I want to give this a 5 star rating, but sadly I can't. You see, Bomb the Bass is a visionary artist in the underground dance scene, Tim Simoneon used this album as a way of almost single-handedly kick-starting the sampling era of music. While some may see this as a downgrade from live bands, when done properly it gives some excellent catchy tunes and is very reminiscent of early video game music. Indeed, MegaBlast (Hip Hop on Precinct 13) was used by the Bitmap Brothers in the game Xenon 2, and each iteration of the game had a different mix of the song to best use the machine's audio chips - this led to a unique mix of the track on Xenon 2 Megablast on the Amiga CDTV/CD32.
All Jet Set Radio fans owe a major debt of gratitude to Bomb the Bass. Without them, the works of Hideki Naganuma wouldn't have been possible.
However I can't give this 5 stars because not all of the tracks show the same high quality that would initiate the rise of sampling. Megablast Rap is a pretty standard rap track which doesn't make the best use of Tim's mixing, Dynamite Beats gets boring rather fast as does Hey You and Shake It.
Taken in context of a 14 track album, these four weak tunes are not so bad, especially when the (very) 90s flavoured early sampling classics of Megablast (Hip Hop on Precinct 13), Say A Little Prayer, Beat Dis and a 5 amazing remixes all boost this into an underground classic. Into underground dance music? If you don't have this album,you have a huge stonking gap in your collection.