on 20 December 2000
gerald has been doing it, and doing it well, for so long it's hard to see how he has been overlooked by the mainstream. While most people have heard of him and his music, few people actually seem to own any of his records.This, however, is probably why he has made consistently exceptional records. He has maintained his independence from the fluctuating fads of the dance scene, even keeping faith with the apparently dead drum & bass scene. The result is a powerful collection of tracks that fit comfortably into any mood, that will leave you wondering why you ever overlooked this hugely talented producer who always seems to get his collaborations spot on.
on 14 December 2000
I implore you to dig deep into your pockets to purchase this most dazzling of albums.
The release of 'Essence' will the find the likes of Mr Williamson, Mr Parkes and Mr Size tearing back into their studios to recreate some of Gerald's 'squelchy filtered drum break slides' and booming basslines before you can say 'mercury prize'.
This album could quite easily be described as the DNB version of a Portishead album, however, that would be detrimental to Simpson's soulfull and technological brilliance.
A masterpiece. Quite.
on 6 September 2000
The first time I played this cd, I knew I was onto a winner. Gerald has worked with 4Hero and both are pioneers of D'n'B. A very mixed album, a few non-vocal tracks, but they are all good. Some mellow and some very deep tracks. If you like 4Hero or Modern Day Stories by Courtney Pine you will enjoy this. Don't expect your average D'n'B, this is far better.
on 6 September 2000
His last album rejuvenated Drum'n'Bass when it was flagging and spurned-on new artists such as Roni Size to produce albums like "New Forms" and "Ultra Obscene". This time around, the genre has been lacking a fresh sound and needed a new direction. Yes, he's done it again. A Guy Called Gerald reinvents Drum'n'Bass, Act Two. "Essence" is a stonker of an album that takes the best of the past 10 years and creates a new feel for D'n'B. It's not just the drum'n'bass you'll like: Massive Attack, Lamb, Moby and even the latest version of David Holmes were clearly a big influence (Lamb's Louise Rhodes even sings on the gorgeous "Humanity") and the album subsequently gets better every time you listen to it. My top album for 2000 and never off the stereo. Classic? Judge for yourselves.
on 14 May 2015
Whether you have heard of this guy or not I can tell you that he has been around since the dawn of rave and been producing since. Many simply know his track entitled 'Voodoo Ray' which is a belter and goes down in the 90's history as one of those tunes that is well played in the underground scene. Well, if you are a fan of 90's sound's and in this case drum and bass then you will love this. The great thing with this record though is it is delightfully ambient. So, you have the basslines, the melodies and the dreamy vocals but you also have Geralds sublime production housing these things with some of the sweetest Bassy breaks put together. A record for summer yes, for chillin yes, for anytime yes! Just a beautiful atmospheric sound.