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When jungle producers began to shift away from the gunshot samples and ragga vocals, some 15 years back, it got called drum'n'bass. At the time, this was considered affected and ridiculous by many; but it's proved a hardy perennial, and continues to draw vast and youthful crowds across the UK without being considered especially cool. Dan 'DJ Fresh' Stein has been one of its most successful exponents–initially as part of quartet Bad Company, latterly as a solo artist. Kryptonite, his second album, largely finds him sticking with a tried and true sound.
Other drum'n'bass producers have attempted, successfully or otherwise, to wriggle out of the genre's straitjacket–d'n'b beat-crafters growing tired of the area is an affliction almost as old as the genre itself. This is not something of which DJ Fresh can be accused, on the strength of Kryptonite. Although he switches up his style with the help of belting female vocals (Lassitude, Gold Dust) and acknowledges the existence of dubstep, for the most part this is bumptiously unchallenging jump-up d'n'b bounciness. Not as dark or harsh as his work in Bad Company, or as tactile as dBridge (aka Darren White, also a former member of that group), Fresh is all about the dancefloor, now as ever.
Fans of Stein–even ones who've only climbed aboard recently, perhaps off the back of Hypercaine getting Radio 1 daytime play last year–might feel shortchanged by how much of Kryptonite has already been released. Drum'n'bass heads can debate themselves silly about whether Hypercaine's frothy pop take on the genre is another nail in its coffin, but it's pretty much inarguably true that it doesn't need to be on this album. As a rule, the brand-new tracks carry more invention and interest in any case. Acid Rain is probably the best thing herein–powered by a breakbeat plucked straight from d'n'b's 90s halcyon days, all growling bass and old time rave stabs–while Chacruna marries screwy pitch-shifted vocals to spacey synth and half-paced dubstep. Overall, though, it's hard to shake the feeling that Fresh is selling himself short here.--Noel Gardner
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Top Customer Reviews
This album has some absolutely massive D&B tracks such as Golddust and Kryptonite and of course Hypercaine, but it also features some brilliant tracks that veers more to the dub step side of the sprectrum(Fight and Starfall are killer tunes).
The album is very well produced and is one of these albums you listen to in a loop.
If you like bass, beats or both, you know what to do...
I do like his new direction where he has become more commercial, the new sounds are great.
With much anticipation i finally managed to get myself a copy of this album a little early.
I expected something brilliant. When track one began playing I said to myself, wow.
Right off the bat your hit with a sensation of rush as your carried into the world of DJ Fresh. Thats just track one, the rest does not disappoint either.
There is a kind of split. 50% which is very mainstream like his new sounds like Golddust and Hypercaine. Then theres some that a little more true to his old way such as Acid Rain.
All in all a great album wether your not familiar with DJ Fresh already but a fan of liquid and mainstream Drum & Bass such as Pendulum then this should be to your liking. Also if your a fan of fresh already, but not his new sound, you may not like this album.
Overall, the production quality throughout this album is out of this world! It sounds a lot more polished than normal dnb albums. And although I still like Pendulum, I think Fresh gives them a music education on this album, seriously!
I have been collecting d n b since around 1996 and own hundreds of albums. I absolutely love the title track "kryptonite". This track alone had me pull my credit card out. It has everything I want out of a drum and bass track. The drums take a back seat and the track is made by the atmospheric sounds and the fantastic rhythm. Acid rain is just plain dirty. Talk box takes you on a great journey with a big melody that keeps the track fresh all the way through.
My only little niggling problem with this album is that it contains old tracks like hypercaine, gold dust and heavyweight which I have owned for a while and happen to be the main DnB tracks that make up this album. So it isn't as "fresh" as I would have liked. Apologies for the horrible pun by the way.
Of these 3, the heaviest is "heavyweight". It has that 1996-1997 feel to it, and then after 20 add seconds in, the mayhem begins with some big big sounds and some rolling bass line and then once fresh is done with this, he then adds some gut busting bass stabs to make sure you are overpowered! It just keeps morphing and morphing all the way through - What a tune!!Read more ›
I would advise everyone into anything drum&bass/electronic to buy this, soo worth having on your iPod ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the songs on here are 7 or 8 out of 10, then Golddust and kryptonite crank it up to 11.Published on 12 Sept. 2012 by TIG
ok this one is a bit poo. to be fair it has got good tracks though they would have been better if they would have been remixed xPublished on 9 Nov. 2011 by shell