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A long-awaited return to form.,
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This review is from: Buken in Session [VINYL] (Audio CD)
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.