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Fantastic British D&B, shines a bright light on a very clever producer's art,
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Rupert Parkes has been creating this type of music for years; refined, surgical, but still with enough emotion and funk to hook the listener in. If you have never knowingly listened to a Photek album before think of a fusion of English breakbeat, soul and D&B meticulously layered by a very very clever producer. It's not all head though, as like previous Photek albums before, (Solaris), we found ourselves literally bouncing along to the funkier and meatier tracks like the opener "Signals", and the mid-way lynch pin "Mistral". It still feels like a collection of well ordered tracks as opposed to an album, but that's increasingly modern electronic music isn't it? At its finest it has real guts and impact.
A good clear, clean recording of its type. Heard through our reference dCS-Bryston-ATC, the ubiquitous compression is not too heavy-handed allowing some dynamic range and room to breathe. It avoids the worst pit-falls of its contemporaries but is not quite a new bench mark. Don't be fooled though: this is a really good example of its type. If you'd like to know if your system can handle rhythm and timing, plus frequency extremes, this is an inspired workout.
A really good album equaled by very few others, only missing 5 star excellence by a small margin. Thoroughly recommended.