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5.0 out of 5 stars Two chips off the old dubplate..., November 11, 2002
This review is from: The Dope King (Audio CD)
Two chips off the old dubplate, Lord Pickles and Kidd Knobbs proffer their vision of a world populated by techstep droids in their third full-length release, "The Dope King". Less a theme record than it is a soundtrack, "Dope" combines tight production with a self-assured modern drum&bass swagger, yet just enough variety to escape the dreaded pigeonhole.
"The Dope King" kicks off with the ambient "Airlock", prepping you for the bass assault and battery of "Renegade DJ" - MC Geist's DJ-themed poetry laid atop of crisp, intelligent drum&bass. It's sort of a spiritual successor to "Sorted"'s "Malfader", except good luck MCing along with this one! The title track that follows, "Dope King", reaches back into Acucrack's experimental breakbeat roots with enough samples to make your head (or your turntable) spin. "Platinum" is about as close to a love ballad as drum&bass gets, with its swelling warm synths, spine-cracking loops, and vocals insisting that "you are... everything". In an alternate reality where d&b is Top 40, no doubt little junglist boys are dedicating it to their little junglist girlfriends on the radio. On the flip side of the romance coin is "Metrolux", which could not be mistaken for anything less than techno adult movie groove. So much for the afterglow.
"Return of the Optimizer" is essentially an amalgam of "Optimizer" from Acucrack's previous full-length, "Sorted", and "B. Universal" from their first record, "Mutants of Sound"; passing off a remix of two old songs as new material would normally be dodgy, but the result is so abrasive and so new, the mantra of "one more time for the masses" is perfectly appropriate. "Fortress", "Epicenter", and "Cykik" are similarly ascerbic, and the BPMs climb with every track. This much drum&bass in one shot might seem repetitive, but it's really not - Acucrack has a tremendously unique approach to d&b. It's hard to explain sound in words, easier to dance about architecture, but a clipped beat here, a sample there, and the tones Acucrack uses are instantly recognizable. Somewhere amidst the chaos lie "Captain's Waterlog", "Building Histograms", and "Emulsifier" - syrupy, languid tempos that are great chill-out music. Acucrack could veritably do an entire CD of this stuff and peddle it to the Northern Exposure crowd (listening, guys?). The last track worthy of note is "In Yer Mind", a four-on-the-floor vignette which is amusingly reminiscent of The Prodigy's "Firestarter", replete with overemphasized British accent and commercial friendliness. Whether "The Dope King" represents mankind's evolution into droids like the two gracing the cover, or simply the evolution of drum&bass, Acucrack has orchestrated a planetary merger on the surface of their dubplate that no self-respecting cyborg should be without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dope!, August 7, 2013
This review is from: The Dope King (Audio CD)
I found this album for $4 in a used record store about 2 months ago, and it has been pumping in my car ever since. I just love everything DJ? Acucrack does. There is no need for me to go into detail about his album. Buy this if you like high quality bass-thumping melodic electronic music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're an Acucrack fan, definitely add this one!, February 14, 2009
This review is from: The Dope King (Audio CD)
One of my two favorite albums from the Acucrack catalogue (my other being 'Sorted')If you're a Dj Acucrack fan (or a drum and bass fan in general), you'll definitely wanna add this to your collection. Favorite songs:

The Dope King
Platinum
The Fortress
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