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Listenable and Danceable!,
This review is from: Diary of An Afro Warrior (Audio CD)
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This is the first I've heard of the genre they call 'dubstep.' I really had no idea what to expect. This album mixes the slower, Moving Shadow style of drum and bass, the Miami/Baltimore bass scene, and minimalist techno such as Plastikman/Richie Hawtin, into a new, yet not entirely unfamiliar, style.
At low volume, this disc is really quite ambient. At higher volumes, it's eminently danceable. Benga is an extremely talented producer, making the music appear skeletal on first listen, yet revealing hidden details on repeat.
The tempo remains around 140bpm the whole way through (the rate of the human heartbeat) and makes the music both exhilarating and relaxing simultaneously, as it remains in sync with your body as you listen.
An excellent album which sounds great at high volume in a car, and also makes a good background to work to. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2008 16:13:57 BDT
A. Etteh says:
Erm...my heartrate rarely reaches 140bpm...resting it's about 50-60
Hot album though
I do agree to a certain degree though. As a DJ, I'm aware that dancing ravers who have their hearts synced to the beat of the music stay in a maintained, hypnotic state, and it's my job to keep them there. I can speed up, and slow down, as long as their dancing creates enough energy for them to stay with me.
There's nothing like it.
Back to the LP:
The last album I listened to that had such quinitessentially british roots musically, was Dizzee Rascal's Boy In The Corner.
This rates up there for me as a listenable album from start to finish.
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