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Price: £3.57

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky and entertaining, 27 Mar. 2006
This review is from: ROOTY (Audio CD)
I think that I like this album because it's just a lot of fun. Although not my usual fare I appreciate any sort of music where the artists don't take themselves too seriously and disappear up their own fundamental while churning out the same thing you've heard time and time before.
Basement Jaxx never lose sight of two important things, firstly that an album has to have some variation to keep you interested, and secondly it has to be ENTERTAINING. 2 great tracks on the album are 'Where's your Head at?' and 'Get Me Off' and it's indicative of how good the album is that the tracks are good for different reasons.
Anyway, not one to over analyse, one to stick in the CD player and turn the volume up on...

Slaughter Of The Soul
Slaughter Of The Soul
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy riff-mania..., 27 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Slaughter Of The Soul (Audio CD)
Bought this when it originally came out (in its 11 track format) off the back of an Earache sampler and having heard their version of Captor of Sin. I was not disappointed. From the growling opening the album explodes into Slaughter of the Soul, which is truly up there as a true all time classic death metal anthem. Reason the album doesn't get more stars is because it fails to get back to that peak and becomes a little repetitive. Good stuff though, not quite 4 stars.


3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dated., 27 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Aphrodite (Audio CD)
Gavin King/Aphrodite's full length debut is a good listen, but there's not enough innovation to make it last as an album, or even variation to make you listan to the whole thing over and over again.
Outstanding tracks such as Rincing Quince and Spice are the benchmarks, but rather than actually building on his own good material King has a tendency to repeat it. Odd tracks do still get put on the decks every now and again but all in all an album you're far better off with New Forms or even Timeless, which predate this by some margin yet seem to have stood the test of time better.

Wolverine Blues
Wolverine Blues
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats..., 27 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Wolverine Blues (Audio CD)
At a time when metal was at a strong point, especially in terms of a push from the US led music industry and undeniably great albums such as Burn My Eyes, Chaos AD, Vulgar Display of Power etc it's not hard to see how a Swedish metal band on a British label fall through the cracks.
Undeservedly so! From the opening bars of Eyemaster to the final expletive of Out of Hand this is a fantastic slab of thrash mayhem, and while it might not be the most original piece of work ever, it deserves more recognition. Personal favourites are Rotten Soil and the title track but really it's all great and is a must buy if you're into the whole Sepultura, Pantera, Machine Head sort of sound - one of the ten best metal albums ever...

Float Like a Butterfly
Float Like a Butterfly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good effort..., 27 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Float Like a Butterfly (Audio CD)
Featuring members of Paul Weller's band, The Specials, Galliano, Push and a guest slot from Madness' Lee Thompson.
Although not quite up to the standard of their mightily impressive debut, Float like a Butterfly is equally as musically accomplished as you would expect from something of a 'supergroup,' and still a good album. From tracks like 'Man Bites Dog' show a little ska anguish creeping into the usual good time reggae/rocksteady mix, whereas 'Burn my House Down' is more on the more contemplative side.
Of course no studio album is ever a substitute for seeing a band live, but this is an excellent representation of Pama International's range - long may it continue.


11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the?, 27 Mar. 2006
Surely they can't be serious. Re-arranging the tracks and changing the cover DOES NOT make a new album. This is really taking the proverbial.
That's not to say these are bad tunes, but it's essentially the SAME ALBUM as Junglesound, the Bassline Strikes Back, so only buy it if you've not got the first.
Shocking attemt to make money off the back of Pendulum's recent success, save your hard earned!

Anthology Part I: Originals And Remixes 1995-2005
Anthology Part I: Originals And Remixes 1995-2005

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic D'n'B, 25 Mar. 2006
If you're into techstep D'n'B then you'll be familiar with Hardware, and indeed most of the tunes on this double album. Having said that it's not so often that you get a chance to hear them in their full, unmixed versions.
This is ideal for CD DJs or just collectors, no hype (even though there's a Pendulum tune on there) no frills, just a lot of good music for your money. Personal favourites come from Spor, Keaton and Hive, and Raiden, but they're indicative of the level of quality rather than exceptions.
And yes, Mind's Eye by Pendulum and Bulletproof. Better than anything on Hold your Colour, and anyone who thinks that Pendulum's album is Dark D'n'B should be made to listen to it really loud until they realise where these guys were before their commercial exploits.
Cheers for 10 years, here's to another!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 25 Mar. 2006
This review is from: 05/2 (Audio CD)
Gave this 5 stars really because you can't help but take into account the price! Best fiver you'll spend for a while. Excellent tune sellection and good mixing, definitely a return to form after the slightly worrying Easy Rollers mix that was the last Moving Shadow Sampler.
Tech step Dum and Bass at its hard and heavy best featuring killer Future Prophecies, Doma and Roland and of course Calyx tracks, can't wait for 06.1 to come out...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, heavy D'n'B, 25 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Chronology (Audio CD)
When the opening bars of Ethnicity growled out of my stereo I was hooked. Genuinely heavy, dark D'n'B with enough variation in the tracks and indeed the whole album to stop you reaching for the Next Track button on the remote control.
Along with the opening track the highlights for me are Moulin Rouge, I 4 an I and the amazing Paradrensite.
NB, all tyracks are unmixed.

Warlords Rising
Warlords Rising
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Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian Insanity at its best..., 25 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Warlords Rising (Audio CD)
Played for a while by the likes of Amon Tobin then picked up on by Andy C and some of the big names in D'n'B Future Prophecies make some dark, heavy tunes but with a distinctiveness that comes from a more genuinely musically talented background than many D'n'B producers.
Featuring Sami folk singer Mari Boine on the opening track, the haunting vocals are an undoubted highlight of the album, others include Jack the Groove and the classic Dreadlock.
D'n'B LPs are notoriously difficult to carry off, but Future Prophecies do a good job, although some of the tracks are a bit weak there is enough variation in there to keep things interesting.

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