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on 22 July 2013
I have been a big fan of LTJ Bukem since 1994 now. I love his track selections that have his distinctive trademark sound. Full credit to the artists in this mix because there is some great tunes on this CD flawlessly mixed by Bukem.

The missing part for me is MC Conrad. He was as much of the 'LTJ Bukem sound' as the track selection and Bukem his self. I have read on the net that Conrad has "taken a step back" from Good Looking because of financial disputes. I am not sure whether to believe what I have read, but one thing is for sure, Bukem needs Conrad because they were the best and most complete professional partnership in the DnB scene. No other MC will do Bukem justice because there isn't anybody out there as good as Conrad. It is the loss of Conrad that lets this mix down. It lacks something, but it definately isn't the music.
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on 8 November 2013
Great album. Not perfect and perhaps not the finest ever, but an announcement that the story of intelligent and the master himself, LTJ Bukem, is far from over.

I've been a fan of Bukem and the GLR label for more years than I care to mention and this release nestles alongside a massive collection of intelligent drum and bass. There have been peaks and troughs along the way and I guess what I feared most was that we would stray from what made it great in the first place. Unique, atmospheric sounds that really got into a groove and held it there for an amount of time that just wouldn't be tolerated in other music. It took you on a little ride that was, literally, intelligent. Love it.

However after a while I started to get bored of the same-old routines. Listen to Progression Session 5 and you can just taste the lack of originality. It is good but it has been done before. The best thing about this album is that it does some new things. It sounds like Bukem, but he's got as new vibe and it has moved the game on. The Fabriclive release was good but left you wanting more and this album really puts that cd in the shade. It feels more decisive, has a clearer focus and is just way more enjoyable to listen to. A proper toe-tapper, head-nodder and grin-giver.

So, no MC Conrad. I actually welcome this. The sound has evolved into something funkier and doesn't need Conrad anymore, put bluntly. Any MC gets engrained in their stock lyrics after while and Conrad was as guilty of this as anyone. Logical Progression Level 4 was way over the top in Conrad and this release is better for his absence. Sorry buddy, but sometimes less is more.

Is it perfect? Heck no, the drum pattern gets a little samey through tracks 10 to 13 and the exra track on the mix cd is, for my money, too weak to live here. Beyond that, however, this is a release that can sit on the shelf with the other Bukem, Blame, Tayla, Seba, Nookie albums and the rest and still get picked for a play regularly. High praise indeed.
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on 31 October 2016
It's Bukem...say no more.
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on 21 May 2016
all good a++++
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on 5 January 2014
As a fan of Bukem's work i must say the evolution from Logical Progression's deep, atmospheric vibes seem to have been surpassed by faster beats, lighter bass lines and interspersed moments of jazz themes here and there as opposed to the more sustained and consistant atmospheric sounds of old.

The two step drum patterns are tighter and more finely programmed than any dnb i've ever heard to date. Sounds great as a percussion, but for me at least it just feels like it's holding back the vibes for the beats, and of course on the dance floor the beats are what moves the people. For me though, without the dancefloor it raises a few stand out tracks and gives a generally satisfying mix. It's not devoid of soul by any means but i do feel the mellow vibes, atmosphere and deep jazz licks of old has been pushed away somewhat in favour of what moves the dancers.

Fantastic production and mixing are all evident and it's certainly worth your time if your a fan of Bukem and his label releases. Just not as consistantly soulful or as atmospherically immersed as i remembered the label by.
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on 27 August 2013
At last a new release from the goodlooking label. From start to finish if you like your drum and bass with more intelligence and finesse than the majority of garbage out there, then buy this album. That is all.
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on 18 July 2013
After what feels like a lifetime LTJ Bukem has finally released a mix cd from his own label. As a Bukem fan who has been listening to his music since 1996 I have really been looking forward to a mix cd from the label and first impressions upon listening to the mix I think he has put together a superb selection of tracks which are perfectly mixed, Bukem style. The tracks have a strong jazz/funk vibe and gone are the days of the spaced out atmospherics which as an old fan of this sound I do miss, but I cannot fault this very strong release. Unfortunately Conrad is missing from the vocals and it seems strange not to have his vocals but sometimes money talks !
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