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Drum & Bass Arena

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Resist Music
  • ASIN: B0002LQTIE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allied Forces – Gather Round
2. Formatt – Guiding Star
3. Total Science – Give Me Your Love
4. A.I. – Switch On
5. Ill Logic & RAF – Could It Be
6. Roni Size – Strictly Social (Nu:Tone Remix)
7. High Contrast – Racing Green
8. Logistics – Together
9. Calibre – Highlander
10. Formatt – Altered State (Remix)
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dillinja – Feel My Pain
2. Clipz – Cocoa
3. DJ SS – Stress Related
4. Codename John – The Pussy
5. Twisted Individual – Canibal Lunch (Surge Remix)
6. Keaton And Hive – Bring It On
7. Generation Dub – Puppet Master
8. DJ Zinc – Ska (Remix)
9. Codename John – Stone Killa
10. DJ Friction & Nu Balance – Bogeyman
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

UK compilation features two discs, one mixed by Fabio & the other by Grooverider, of the best drum & bass from Total Science, Roni Size, Calibre, Peshay, Bassline Smith & Drumsound, Jaheim, DJ SS, Keaton & Hive, Codename John, Nightbreed, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Dillinja, Zen, & more. Resist. 2004.

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SCImon Templar on January 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the follow up to the brilliant cd of the same title mixed by Andy C, Fabio and Grooverider are next to step into the Drum & Bass Arena. While Fabio holds his own on disc one, Grooverider falls flat on disc two. Disc one has everything any good mix cd should have, great track selection and great mixing. While I personally am not a fan of the jazzy side of drum 'n bass, this cd will still find itself in my player many times in the future. Fabio does a great job of keeping the pace and momentum through his mix. Never making you really feel bored like some other drum 'n bass cds have a tendancy to do. Track one is a great way to start the mix up. With the lounge intro that drops right into the beat. While other "jazz 'n bass" cd's tend to be rather slow beat wise, Fabio keeps them nice and quick. Throughout the mix, there are some well placed vocal tracks which do a good job of breaking things up. Tracks 6. 9, and 11 are my personal favorites. Now where cd one shines, disc two does the exact opposite. This is by far some of the worst mixing I have ever heard in a cd, and I have heard alot. The only way I can really explain disc two...imagine that a DJ who has never mixed drum 'n bass before in life behind the decks on this one. Picture that and you have an idea of how Grooverider's mix sounds. While he does have a fairly decent track selection, the mixing is just horrid. None of the tracks go together, and when they are being mixed, it just sounds like noise. The only positive I can say about them is that they are beatmatched. It's a shame to hear something like this when he always has such amazing sets on his Radio 1 show. So if you're into the jazzy side of drum 'n bass, I highly recommend Fabio's mix, but even if you're the most die-hard DnB fan, steer clear of disc 2 at all costs. I would have liked to given this set more stars, but disc two just wouldn't allow it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Perkins on February 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think its surprising to see amateur DJ's in their review of this compilation criticizing the mixing skills of two masters who have been around for years. Mixing is a subjective thing, there are lots of ways to do it, and the only rule is that the beats match up. Personally I think the mixing is fine.

I bought this cd because I have lots of cd's of artists that are more on the fringe of d'n'b and I wanted a mix of music that is broadly accepted as straight d'n'b, no qualms. That's exactly what I got, and its great. The cool thing too is that you get the hard-hitting dancefloor tracks on the Grooverider cd and the more evolved stuff on Fabio's. Both are fun to listen too, and there are big hits on both cd's. I only skip a few tracks on each cd. Some of my big fav's are "Give me your love" and "chinese silk" on Fabio, and "Time Crisis" and "Lockdown" on Grooverider.

It should be noted that this cd may not strike you as amazing right off the bat but after hearing the tracks a couple times they really grow on you and you want to hear them again and again. Both DJ's keep the bpm nice and fast at around 180. One small criticism I have on the Fabio cd is that I wish he would've mixed in a different track from the new High Contast cd than the one that every one knows, (Racing Green) plus it kind of sticks out of this mix like a sore thumb. I think "Yesterday's Colours" or "Twilights last Gleaming" would have fit better in this mix. But still the Fabio mix is great, it definitely has a unique sound, blending "patina'd" vocals with very tight beats but keeping and all-around analog sound.

The grooverider cd has some weak spots like the first track, and some very repetetive tracks stuck in there but more than half are sweet hard hitting d'n'b tracks. They are definitely unique, and I also especially love the "Tomb Raider" track with the sample after the horse whiney, "Easy boy, that bassline ain't even dropped!"

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By Voicekoil on April 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I found it at a record exchange, ha ha, man I was amped, Grooverider brings on some good high energy mixing, $hit to really jam to. Fabio, brings a highly groovy, good feeling mix to the plate. Its a good deal all around. Well worth it....
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