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Earth Volume One

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One of the very first major faces in drum 'n' bass music, LTJ Bukem has always enjoyed the spacier, spiritual side of the breakbeat arena. Known for weaving atmospheres and moods using a mixture of almost jazzy pieces and tribal rhythms, Bukem has been both prolific and successful. This Producer set is one of a clutch of recent Bukem releases and serves up a tasty nine-track sampler illustrating how Bukem works his technology yet manages to retain a thoroughly organic sound with his electronic creations. Opener "Cosmic Interlude" (Bukem, like many drum 'n' bass stalwarts, has a fascination with outer space and science fiction) is a peaceful, downtempo arrangement of jazz and hip-hop; "Demons Theme" sees Bukem kick into heavier tribal break beats; while the superb acid-house-tinged undertow of "Atlantis" offers a view to the early days of breakbeat. Rarely hardcore, always evocative, passionate, and certainly innovative in the drum 'n' bass world, the flavors that comprise LTJ Bukem's work are admirably represented here. --Steffan Chirazi

1. The Rhyme Goes On - Poets Of Thought
2. Travelling - Appaloosa
3. Faith - Subject
4. Above And Beyond - Pho & The Funky Technicians
5. Sambe With J.C. - Poets Of Thought
6. Revival - Blame
7. Do What You Gotta Do - Pablo
8. Jamming The Session - Poets Of Thought
9. Moodswings - LTJ Bukem
10. Tokyo Dawn - Doc Scott

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Good Looking Records
  • ASIN: B00000I9AG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on May 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first in the in `Earth' series of albums, moves steadily away from the intelligent Drum `n' Bass that has earmarked the majority of the `Good Looking Labels' releases, with an album that although taking Drum `n' Bass / Breakbeat as the foundation of the music, has cast it's net a little further to incorporate influences as broad as: `Jazz-Fusion, Downtempo, Trip-Hop & Acid Jazz-Funk'.
"The Poets of Thought" start the ball rolling with the Jazz/Hip-Hop Fusion of `The Rhyme goes on', heavily influenced in its construction by jazz, it's as contemplative as it is soothing, backed by ghost-like horns arrangements with a steady textured breakbeat underpinning the whole thing, it's the musical equivalent of driving through the city late at night. "Appaloosa's - Travelling" shifts the musical focus into more traditional territory, with restrained Jungle, increasing the BPM significantly, and the drum patterns here, will be familiar to all with a long standing history with Drum `n' Bass/ Jungle, but just as the prospect of any experimentation appears slim, the track bursts into an simple elegant keyboard chord that coupled with the looped high-hat drums & synth melodies presents a interpretation of jungle that is less `Jump up' and a more a refinement & less abrasive jungle sound, fused with ambient breakbeat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By [] v E r f l 0 w ! on June 19, 2000
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A compilation of material from an array of Bukem-helmed labels, including flagships Good Looking and Looking Good plus Cookin' and Nexus. Accordingly, Earth, Vol. 1 features a broad range of material. Paul Hunter's Poets of Thought project contributes much of the variety, including two hip-hop tracks and the Latin soul-jazz flavor of "Samba with JC." Other highlights include the debut of Pablo ("Do What You Gotta Do"), Doc Scott's "Tokyo Dawn" and Bukem's "Moodswings." What outlines the outstanding music of this compilation is Bukem's sense of conscious artistic vision -- each track is described, analyzed and given purpose, amplifying the impact of the album. Exactly what we've come to expect of LTJ: another must have compilation featureing a mix of moody, blendy, atmospheric, but nonethless progressive d'n'b/jungle tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A Hilson on June 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I agree highly with the dude down below. this is one of my favorites...it takes me back to the summer of '98. "above and beyond," "do what you gotta do," and "tokyo dawn" are the best tracks. if you don't know who bukem is but you're even marginally interested in drum&bass, this will rock your world. check logical progression too...
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Good Lookin' Records is the king of all things drum 'n bass for very good reasons, and "Earth vol 1" is one of those reasons. I personally rate this my second favourite dnb album, running close behind Big Bud's "Infinity + Infinity". Earth is actually quite different to Big Bud's masterpiece though - where I+I is very chilled, spacey, and echo-y, Earth is heavily jazz; it seems to have a bit more substance than I+I, like more happens within each song(though when it comes to the crunch, if you like one then you'll definitely like the other). You can comfortably divide the songs on Earth 1 into 2 categories: the dnb tracks(all rich and atmospheric, with lovely chord washes and deep basses); and the tracks by curious number Poets of Thought, strange trip-hoppy songs, weird but cool. Vol 1 is probably the best of the series, closely followed by vol 3 - the only thing that's different about 3 is the slower bpm, all other musical content is very similar. Vol 4 isn't quite in the same league(but it's still pretty good), and vol 2 is bringing up the tail end of the Earth series quality spectrum(again still quite good!). Earth 1 is an astoundingly good CD, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. Long live GLR, long live Earth.
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