Very cool Photek's album less known than "Modus Operandi" as good as this one though. Interesting Ninja and jazz influences and UFO adventures - highly recommended. If you know Photek because of Modus Operandi you will find that this album is slightly different in sound which evince in bit lighter drums.
About as minimal as music gets. This is often drum without bass. It goes even further than Modus Operandi in stripping down to the basics but become overly repetitive. It may well appeal to d'n'b afficianados but is a tough listen for your standard dance fan. There are a few moments of relief including a funky Peshay remix of Rings of Saturn and the hypnotic sampling of UFO. But on the whole it lacks the groove of more accessible drum'n'bass artists like Fabio or LTJ Bukem.
I remember seeing Photek spin before he headed to LA. I shouted 'Play 'Seven Samurai' !!!' . He knew exactly what I meant, but shouted back that he hadnt brought it ( pre digital age, only plastic ). It was the first track on this album I wanted him to play. Pure minimal bass, you will hear nothing like it. I dont understand other reviewers moaning about this album. It is better than MO in some ways, and deserves repeated listening. Granted, if you are not a dnb head, you will be venturing into the unknown. it isn't repetitive, if you think that you aint't listening ! I read once, photek will work endlessly for months on one break. Yes one break, not song. And you can hear it in this album. Rupert has worked tirelessly to perfect the sound he wanted, and damn it sounds like nothing else ...
Almost half of these tracks are not good at all, still minimal, but lacking the photek charm we have come to expect after Modus Operandi. The rest are up to his usual standard, well atmospheric tunes with really involving breaks lending themselves to some crazy mixing, perfect use of samples, well-spaced sounds, for dancing like mad or just sat chilling in amazement to. He shouldn't really have anything to do with the other producers involved here; it is as if they have blunted his tools and hindered his technique. Worth it just for the better tunes, they are easily on a par with the tunes on Modus Operandi, but just less in number.