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Planet V- D'n'B 1999,
This review is from: Planet V (Audio CD)ESSENTIAL
Something necessary or indispensable.
es·senti·ali·ty (-sh-l-t) or es·sential·ness n.
This word could have quite easily been designed with this compilation in mind. From the brittle funk of the Adam F penned opener, through to the deep acrid darkness of closing track by Scorpio, almost every track on this two CD set is a bona fide club killer.
Originally released in '99 as an eight vinyl set (currently going for £75 and up- if you can find one...) the compilations focus lies on the Producers and DJ's from Bristols Full Cycle crew, who totally dominated the UK D'n'B scene at that time.
Familiar names such as Roni Size, Krust, Die, Suv and D Product appear under their own names but also drop tracks under pseudonyms such as Kamanchi (Die & Krust)and Scorpio (Die and Size). Of special note is Krusts opening offering, the hard step classic 'Warhead' here as an awesome (and exclusive) Ram Trilogy Remix with the trademark slick synthesised Ram production contrasting nicely with the originals rough, anologue sound.
Other contributors include Ed Rush and Optical (Virus/No U Turn) with the slow burning stepper 'Funktion' and Dread head honcho Ray Keith, living up to his reputation as the true 'Dark Soldier' with the furious 'amen' breaks and nasty synth stabs of 'Now is the Time.'
Although ostensibly a tough march through various shades of darkness, notable relief comes with the summery guitar led 'Autumn' by Die, a good example of his multi faceted production style.
Other relief from the fury comes in the form of Suv's awesome 'Closer.' Upwards of three minutes of soulful, smoky dub before opening into Suv's trademark minimal style and polyrhythmic breaks.
I have heard it said that every junglist should own a copy of this record, but I would go further than that. If you are a real music lover want a little slice of a very special time in British music, you need to own this album. Vital.