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Shades of Technology

4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: F111 Records
  • ASIN: B00000I4FI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Demon Seed - Exocet
2. Wish U Had Something (Jonny L Remix) - Jonny L
3. (You're Gonna) Miss My Face (Dillinja Remix) - Cyba Space
4. Stash - Decoder
5. Soothe (Prisoners Of Technology Remix) - Furry Phreaks Featuring Terra Deva
6. Data Life - Optical
7. Starburst (Club Remix) - John B
8. Magnum Fusion - Wax Doctor
9. Defining Moments - The Advocate
10. I Let U - Jonny L
11. Subtropic - E-Z Rollers
12. Connection 17 (Matrix Remix) - Iisahall
13. Blue Monday (Optical Remix) - Orgy
14. Funktion - Ed Rush & Optical
15. Warhead (Stepper Mix) - DJ Krust
16. Saturday Flex - L Double
17. The Shadow (Process Remix) - Rob & Goldie

Editorial Reviews

DJ DB, the founder of Breakbeat Science (the first all-jungle record store in America) is a big proponent of accessible jungle. On this mix CD for his own F1-11 label, you can hear DB's attempt to push jungle up from the underground. Straying from the more popular and purist hard-edged "tech step" styles, DB mixes in tracks with vocals, some jump-up (definitely considered not cool by junglists), and even--gasp--melody. Don't think this means there's a lot of fluff. From the dark, moody opener, Exocet's "Demon Seed," to the tough beats of Krust's dynamite hit "Warhead" from 1998, this is jungle at its best--with all genres sharing center stage and mixed with flawless precision. --Tricia Romano

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictably Good January 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
First off, my musical tastes tend to run toward the more melodic (i.e., trance and house) but this mixCD rocks my little world. On this album, DB pulls off the "drum and bass journey" declared on the CD's label side. Full of frenetic beats and some of the thickest, tech-nastiest basslines, "Shades of Technology" shreds speakers, rips eardrums, and tears into your mind. Basically, this mix is brutal, dark, and techy. It's full of the patented tricks of the DNB business -- tight snare rolls, distorted and overdriven basslines, and frightening samples. Of course, what makes this mix stellar is also what makes it mediocre. On the plus side, the mix accomplishes what it sets out to do and be: It's a nasty headscrew of down-n-dirty drum-n-bass. Highlights include "Wish U Had Something," the Prisoners of Technology remix of "Soothe," "Connection 17," and (of course) Krust's infamous "Warhead." Unfortunately, that same frenetic energy that makes DNB what it is, can also be its downfall at times. That frenetic aesthetic translates out into the overall mentality of the genre -- or what some DJs call an "acetate culture." It's difficult to make a timeless or classic DNB mix because the DNB audience is not often particularly interested in that. They want what's newest sounding -- the records still warm from the lathe. As such, the way "Warhead" made this CD great at its release makes it boring now. Plus, there aren't really any surprises here. You get what you expect. However, as far as techy, dirty, nasty DNB goes -- this may very well become *the* classic mixCD. I know I use it as the standard by which I measure other techstep mixes... So, if this is your bag -- well, you probably have it already anyway. Otherwise, if you feel compelled to buy and keep just one mixCD of this genre, this is the one to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Picked this up on a whim at a 'mainstream' record store in NYC. I was floored. From the eery opening ("Demon Seed") to the appropriate, emotional end ... this steps all the way through D&B genres ... even folks who aren't exposed to the music would be advised to pick this up as a D&B primer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic! April 23, 2002
By meeks
Format:Audio CD
This album is a masterpiece. It is DB's finest work. It may be true that this album contains some mainstream drum-n-bass/jungle tunes, but he mixes it in such a way that it plays on your emotions and stirs a sense of urgency and desire within. All the songs fit perfectly together within this mix; he is a master at putting a set together which has continuity and a definitive tone and mood. Anyway, I have listened to this album thousands of times--from start to finish--and I just love it every single time. I also have about 600 CD's and this album is in the top 3! If you want to see the difference between a simple dj mix cd full of cool songs and an inspiring, creative mix (done by a talented dj), then listen to this album, then listen to Mickey Finn - "The Takeover Bid Round 2". The Mickey Finn album is arguably good and it contains many of the same songs on this DB album. However, this DB album is just brilliant; it blows "The Takeover Bid Round 2" out of the water!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dj DB hits with a good cross-section April 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
DB's got a good feel for the complexity of drum and bass, and he's tried to give a "tour of the landscape" with this mix. It's mostly darkstep and intelligent/progressive stuff, so if you're looking for the ruff ragga vocal tracks or MC action, it's not here. But if you appreciate a blending of the other styles, it's great. Nice flow, intimate vibes, off-the-beaten-path tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally March 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD just by luck; I had purchased a few trance and house CDs beforehand and felt like I should mix things up with some breaks...
Until I bought this CD, I had a personal history of faking my way through d'n'b - I knew it had awesome potential, creatively but too many albums I bought had very few tracks I actually enjoyed. System Upgrade by Dieselboy came close, but it was too noisy and repetitive sounding. LTJ Bukem is great, but i find his style too low-key for me. I've heard that its a bad thing to judge him by, but Aphrodite's self titled album really didn't get to me at all. I kept looking and looking and when I found DJ DB, I saw some tracks I really enjoyed. Semi-melodic with phat beats and a definite "dance" mentality. This was my personal D'n'B euphoria, and after experiencing this, I can go to other breakbeat albums with a different mentality, which lets me enjoy them for what they are and not for what I was trying to make them. Highly recommended. (also, check Roni Size Reprazent newforms)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars converted January 4, 2000
By jamie
Format:Audio CD
i was never a drum n bass fan, well i didn't even really know what it was, till i just picked up this cd and listened to it. i immediately fell in love! all the songs are so charged with feeling-- the mixing is excellent-- the vocals are really amazing-- if you like drum n bass you'll love this! and if you don't-- try this-- you'll look at it completely differently!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DB's best! March 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I rave about this album in my other reviews of DB albums, and I have all that are available. When I first got this back in 2000, it was my first taste of d'n'b, and how refreshingly different and accesible this album is. Quite a departure from the trance and house you're used to hearing. Right in the middle of this cd, it starts to turn what I call ambient jungle, and it will just possess you. All the while the drums are mesmerizing. So unique, so orginal. The end of the cd falls flat for me but with 17 tracks I can't complain about that. This album is dope! Get it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars my absolute favorite d&b cd
DB at the top of his game. Amazing mixing and veteran song choices make this disc a MUST BUY. You can listen to this disc steaight through without dissapointment.
Published 22 months ago by ericb
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Huge DJ DB fan and am so happy that I reordered this album. It is just as good as I remembered.
Published on October 4, 2012 by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dance cds of all time
The pic inside this cd is at buzz night club in D.C., they tore that place down...I had some great memories there, but the greatest memory was hearing this album live.... Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by Joshua Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I like it. The 7th song, and optical's version of blue monday have to be my two favorite tracks. I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Read more
Published on May 6, 2005 by Lance B. Rabalais Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill
A different angle of viewing this CD: I'm a rock climber, and do a lot of indoor climbing through the winter. Read more
Published on April 4, 2005 by Andrew Vasta
Ok, I just finished listening to this cd for the first time.
I borrowed it from a friend at work. Read more
Published on May 4, 2004 by STEVE
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad...
THis is a wide open door for anyone who listens to the mainstream. This will definitely attract that crowd very quickly. Read more
Published on September 26, 2000 by J. Nater
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