- Audio CD (11 Jun. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Antidote
- ASIN: B000PGTHUI
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Just before the release the Nextmen's second LP, Get Over It, Brad (one half of the Nextmen) said 'We've never made just one type of music, but in future it will be even harder to pigeonhole us'. This Was Supposed To Be The Future, is the third album by the Nextmen. And maybe from Brad's comments, we should be calling in the Doc and Marty. The future has arrived.
There's a wide selection of styles and influences crammed into this well thought-out record. It starts with 'Let It Roll', a funky number with a groovy trumpet solo and smooth vocals to get us in the mood. 'Blood Fire' is a dancehall influenced floor-filler and allows Dynamite MC to demonstrate his lyrical skills. The dancehall vibe resurfaces with 'Concentrate' & Piece Of The Pie'. It's a sound they are comfortable with.
The more raw UK hip hop sound comes from 'Camera Tricks', 'Knowledge Be Born' is reminiscent of hip hop from across the pond. 'Let It Be' is reggae through and through and the attempt at a housey groove comes from 'Memory Lane'.
'The Drop' stands out due to its groove and luscious vocals. 'Something You Got' is smooth, as is 'Tuffen Up'. Along with 'Did No Wrong', 'Move' and the title track, these tunes can loosely be placed together into the category that would exist if Bugz In The Attic and Turin Breaks had a drunken night together. Uncanny.
The strength with this LP lies in the strong production and variety, ensuring depth to the final product. This is an album that may even suffer from the modern download culture, in which downloading two or three of the recommended tracks is acceptable. It's a record that's complete, a journey within itself. It flows nicely and even where some tracks are stronger than others, they still stand firm on the tracklist for the overall benefit of the LP.
It's not a raw UK hip hop album, it's a musically intelligent collection of well produced and varied modern R&B that has the rare quality of being both soulful and complete. --Alex Kenning
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Top customer reviews
Its a tour de force from the beginning, with Dynamite MC setting the tone with some sharp spitting on 'Blood fire'. I'm not usually a reggae fan but the production on the reggae-sounding tracks is scintillating. 'The Drop' is a really interesting funky summery flavour, backed by the funky horns of Fat Freddy's Drop's finest, a track you'll be itching to groove to. Various sounds are explored in this album keeping the listener interested throughout. Followers of Rae & Christian's 'Grand Central' label will be able to identify some familiar elements to some of the finest work produced on the label in tracks such as 'Did no wrong', but don't get me wrong, this album still sounds fresh! This is an album destined to be listened to over and over again.
This was supposed to be the future is rounded off beautifully with the title track, featuring some absolutely gorgeous vocals. This is set to be the soundtrack of my summer (if you can call it summer!), if not the year.
Very very impressed.
Got home and stuck it on and was impressed right from the 1st intro to track 1.. The Nextmen have always been tight producers, but this is the most solid, neatly produced album to date from them - everything, and i do mean EVERYTHING is so fresh and on point throughout the CD.
The beats are impressive, slightly different from their earlier outings, opting for a healthy mix of super chilled out beats, reggae, soul, a little contemporary blues thrown in, some sexy eligent jazz trumpet rifts to end some tracks.. A lot of the tunes have a Morcheeba sound to them, but whereas Morcheeba, to me, can get a bit boring, and is not very exciting - the Nextmen have not made that mistake here, executing the style to perfection when they want to..
I was disapointed with their 'Get Over It' album, to me it sounded very hollow and flat, maybe even over produced - it had to depth! But with this, they have really made everything come together so perfectly!
The vocals, mainly singing, with the exception of 1 or 2 rapping tracks and some reggae.. Is all soulful and carries the beats great - and in turn, the beats are so on point and well crafted, that they carry the vocals and make them even more perfect - so add all that up and it reinforces what such a brilliant album this it! Produced to the highest standard.. and that is why i named this what i did '21st century producers' as this is the best album, production wise (im still a hiphop nut and drum n base nut) i have heard in years..
I always knew the Nextmen were something truly special - but this confirms that now to the world - and as this could even be called a slightly 'commercial' album.. im sure it will get mass exposure, and deservedly!
Stand out tracks?
Every track stands out on this, only 1 tune can sometimes annoy me somewhat, and that is:
(4) Tuffen Up
Real Quality Tracks on here are:
(1) Let it roll
(3) Did no wrong
(6) Something got you
(11) Piece of the pie
(12) Camera tricks
(14) This was supposed to be the future
The rest are still good!
Really can not rate this high enough!
Check it out!