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Wired For Sound
Wired For Sound

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mashed up jungle at its finest, 7 May 2004
This review is from: Wired For Sound (Audio CD)
Initially, I was a little put off by this album. "60 tracks mixed into 69 minutes? Must sound ridiculous" ... and it does sound ridiculous ... ridiculously good!
The Soundmurderer (aka Remarc) is the brains behind some classic Jungle tunes (including the excellent R.I.P. and Unity). A selection of his greatest hits can be found on the album "Soundmurderer", released on the Planet Mu label in 2003.
The album is split into 3 expertly mashed up, frantic, mixes containing some of the rinsing-est jungle riddims you are ever likely to hear. Alongside some of the mid-90s classics, there are even tracks by Squarepusher and Luke Vibert (under his Wagon Christ alias) for you idm fans out there.
It's a testament to Remarc's ability that there are so many songs mixed together into such a (relatively) short time and it never comes close to sounding a mess.
The Soundmurderer really has outdone himself here. An absolute classic.


Videola: Stakker-Eurotechno [VHS]
Videola: Stakker-Eurotechno [VHS]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 303 noise + flashy images = brilliance, 13 April 2004
If you are a fan of electronic music, you will know how influential this audio-visual masterpiece is. One of the first videos to come out of the British dance scene, this 25 minute seizure inducing film is quite simply superb.
Stakker (Mark Dougan) went on to release Humanoid and then make more great music as a member of the Future Sounds Of London.
The soundtrack has been remastered and re-released on Rephlex (and it's great) but it's not quite the same without Mark Mclean's groundbreaking visuals. One to try and hunt down if you can!


Paid In Full: The Platinum Edition
Paid In Full: The Platinum Edition
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 18 Mar. 2004
This album makes it onto so many "best of" lists and after listening to it it's not hard to tell why.
Whilst some Eric B's beats may not be as revolutionarily fresh as they were back in 1987, they still hold up. The James Brown sampled "I Ain't Know Joke" and title track "Paid in Full" are still as funky as the day they were cut (and, to be fair, I like the synthy sounds of the old-school tracks like "Move The Crowd" and "Eric B is President" anyway).
The main reason to buy this album, though is Rakim's emcee-ing ability. This album shows why he is rightly regarded as the greatest MC of all-time.
This album is the 2-disc platinum edition, meaning you also get the classic Coldcut remix of the title track (one of the best remixes ever, imho).


Wot Do U Call It?
Wot Do U Call It?
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £2.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garage?, 15 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Wot Do U Call It? (Audio CD)
"Wat Do U Call It?" is the major label debut of up-and-coming artist Wiley. After the widespread critical acclaim of fellow Roll Deep Crew member, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley has been hyped up by pretty much every music journalist around.
This single proves that the hype is justified.
Wiley has been a part of the London music scene for a long time (almost ten years at time the time of writing), first as a junglist and then as part of the UK garage scene. His sound, however, isn't garage at all and this is the topic of his single.
Wiley has developed his own "eskimo" sound and it is a sound that is truly fresh. This sound, combined with witty lyrics and a spot-on vocal delivery (no Big-Brovaz-style mock Yank accent here!) makes for a fantastic single.
Even if you aren't really a fan of "urban" music (a term I REALLY hate and another sloppy label Wiley has a go at on this single) you should give this a listen. It's a tune that'll end up drilling it's way into your skull and get you nodding your head.


Wot Do U Call It?
Wot Do U Call It?
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £2.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Garage? Who told you I made garage?", 11 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Wot Do U Call It? (Audio CD)
After the success of fellow Roll Deep Crew member Dizzee Rascal with the excellent "Boy In Da Corner" album, Wiley has been tipped for the top by every music journalist in the UK (or so it seems). His major-label debut does not disapoint.
Wiley has producing tracks for over 10 years, starting off as a junglist, moving onto garage and now delivering his self-styled genre, eski beat.
The track is primarily about Wiley's resentment at being sloppily labelled by the media.
Even if you aren't a fan of "urban" music (I hate that term), minimal production, witty lyrics and a spot-on vocal delivery make this a tune that is guaranteed to burrow its way into your skull and get you nodding your head. Let's hope the album "Treddin' On Thin Ice" is as good as this.


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