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Not Bad, but not too Good either
on 13 November 2002
Manchester dance duo J-walk (Martin Brew and Martin Desai) produce a blend of hip-hop, laid-back house and samples that would actually sound out of place on the dancefloor. Opting for the relaxed feel of X Press 2 ('Lazy') certainly produces an album ideal for post-club chilling or hanging at the bar. Combining it with vocal talents such as Guy Garvey (from Elbow), the Michael 'REM' Stipe-esque Pete Simpson (twice) and Veba (of Rae & Chrisian's 'Spellbound') brings welcome variation, even if the first's 'Cariad' does sound as dismal as his day-job.
Pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the female fronted 'Heaven's Above!' in a strong second half to the album. Otherwise the mix incorporates elements of techno, disco and Kraftwerk with interesting results and produces a few notable moments, such as 'Caught on the Hop' and 'Following the Noughties'. Unfortunately, too much of it though - especially the instrumental tracks - blends into one forgettable whole, or even becomes slightly repetitive and annoying on tracks such as 'Soul Vibration' and 'Petrified Blues'. Still, put some of the better songs on car adverts and this could replace Moby on many trendy coffee tables...