Drum & Bass Arena
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.
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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!"
A great Album to get a broad sampling of the genre. Fabio and Grooverider are capable of a mix much deeper than this, but I doubt that that was their intention on this D&B Arena mix. A great album.
Boy was I wrong!
So many of the tracks either I already have on vinyl or had heard many time before on the radio or in clubs (I guess my fault for nor checking the tracvk listing thoroughly enough), but what I did see I thought it would just be nice to have all on 2 tidy discs.
The mixing is so sub standard it's not even funny. There are beats clashing all over the place and tracks that are dropped when you least expect them to be, and they really shouldn't be. Sometimes the element of surprise is good - but not when it's done so badly here.
I've given the CD 2stars because I'm overly critical perhaps and because me ears are trained to hearing tiny mistakes through my own DJing. Some of the tracks are excellently mixed, and there are some excellent (albeit slightly dated) tunes that will be classics.
I guess that overall I just felt slightly cheated and gutted that my idols have produced something that is not as good as I know they could do. I'm sure we all know when someone we respect does something that we feel lets us down - that's a difficult feeling to shake.