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Journey Inwards

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Though he was once on top of the drum & bass heap, in recent years LTJ Bukem, king of ambient drum & bass, has been pushed aside in favor of hard and dark tech-step. Fame came easily to Bukem, who with his labels Looking Good and Good Looking spearheaded the movement of intelligent drum & bass with the release of the Logical Progression series, quickly cementing his place in the short history of urban breakbeat. Journey Inwards marks his long-awaited return and attempt to reclaim his throne in the fickle drum & bass community. True to form, Bukem turns in a two-disc set of songs heavy on the reverb, caressed by light lyrics and sweet singing throughout. Horns and synths are as integral--if not more important than--bass lines, and often the bass takes a backseat to the music's melodic enterprises. Jazz peeks its head in a few places, particularly when Bukem slows the tempo, as in "Sunrain," cuing up the old suspicions that Bukem creates adult contemporary jungle. Not concerned with rocking the joint, Bukem instead lulls slowly to sleep or seduces his admirers. Whether he's playing with scattershot drums or mellow-yellow downtempo, Bukem manipulates the mood as deftly as he chops a beat. --Tricia Romano

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Journey Inwards
  2. Watercolours
  3. Rhodes To Freedom
  4. Our World
  5. Undress Your Mind
  6. Point Of View
  7. Viewpoint

Disc: 2

  1. Sunrain
  2. Deserted Vaults
  3. Inner Guidance
  4. Close To The Source
  5. Suspended Space
  6. Unconditional Love
  7. Feel What You Feel


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kinetic Records
  • ASIN: B00004SGS5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LTj Bukem's Journey Inwards is a rare gem in the world of music. It's not so much an album but a work of art, lovingly crafted, flawlessly mastered, and polished to a perfect shine. Hardcore jungle fans are best warned to stay away; this isn't a dance album, really. Bukem, who made his name with his own melodic style of jungle (drum & bass), abandons the furious pace of the rave dance floor in favor of a jazz-like sensibility. Upbeat, but not hard. Complex layering, yet remarkably accessible melodies that you just can't help but tap your foot to. Nimble, but not really fast. Slick, but remarkably natural and acoustic sounding. Instead, it's an endlessly listenable odyssey, a seamless blend of jazz, big band, a dash of swing, and a whole lot of electronic flourishes. The Bukem's home turf of drum & bass slithers throughout the album, subtly moving in and out and keeping the sound fresh. It's an incredibly classy act; the music seems the perfect fit for a prestigious penthouse party, a gloriously lit urban skyrise of Manhatten or Chicago at night in the background, lights low, fine drinks all around. Journey Inwards is a dreamy, sensuous collection of grooves, beats, and saxophone tones that grow richer and more tasteful with each listening. Few artists break into this kind of ground, and Bukem does it masterfully in this work, undeniably his most original and finest hour.
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Belt yourself in...turn the key....head out on the highway...Pop this in and tune to "Undress Your Mind" or "Feel What You Feel"...and you'll find the fit is downright...perfect. This is about motion and it moves at a rate of rightgeous....Buy it and listen...and you will move.
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Few could argue, that there aren't many people, that have done more than LTJ Bukem, to push the genre of Drum 'n' Bass, into a more widely accepted audience. An active pivotal figure from the scene's early days, he has been on a increasingly successful quest to push traditional atmospheric drum'n'bass tracks, with a strong undercurrent of 70's Rhodes Jazz-funk fusion, into the concessions of the general public for a while now. Although actively disliking the term 'Intelligent Drum N Bass', (which is odd....seeing as 'Intelligent Drum N Bass', largely sidesteps, tough hardhitting bass & Hyper-speed beats, for a more melodic & rhythmically midtempo fusion of stylish, smooth & sublimely textured breakbeats. Which is largely what Bukem's music is favourably likened to???).

His influences musically, have always been referenced in his music, so the elegant ambience of 70's Jazz-fusion, were detectable in early hits such as "Horizons". And although his "Logical Progression" & "Progression Sessions" albums, veer more towards hypnotic Jungle/Breakbeat. This particular album largely forgoes club-friendly breaks, in favour of a Jazz inflicted sound, that is in partial reference to heroes & Jazz pioneers, 'Roy Ayers' to 'Pharoah Sanders'.
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Recently my uncle has been praising the work of "Good Looking Records" and most significantly, LTJ Bukem. I decided to take his advice and buy progression sessions 4 so I could get a taste of this so called "intelligent" music. This was the beginning. Since then I have jumped into everything to do with Bukem and his label. Then the news came, LTJ Bukem's Solo Album. I was psyched to say the least. This album is NOT a let down. The previous reviewers are correct, the most perfect fusion of d&b/jazz. Even if you dont like D&B. Get this Album. And then get Progression Sessions. This music will program you into liking it, you'll see.
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What some people appear to have not noticed is that although LTJ Bukem has been around for a while and has mixed and produced many records, Journey Inwards is in fact his first solo album. It mixes great Drum & Bass with a Jazz influence and is well worth the money. It is a great step away from the dark, and in my opinion boring, turn that most Drun & bass has taken. It has soul and feeling this is definately the way forward for Drum & Bass.
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Ok, previous reviewer, perhaps you're not familliar with the sound of Good Looking Records? This is not Optical and Ed Rush.
For the rest...the biggest give away here is the picture of LTJ Bukem with Juan Atkins, on the inside cover. Juan is an obvious influence on this album, which accounts for it's jazzy-funky-techno sound, in addition to Good Looking's trade-mark "intelligent" sound.
What I find is a good mix of tunes, some boardering on Maxwell meets Roni Size, with the trippy sweeping keyboard sounds and amen choruses we've come to expect from this label. This is a great album. It's not likely to disappoint. It's well thought out, well produced, and well arranged.
I've got most of this stuff on vinyl already, but had no hesitation buying this cd. Well worth the cost of admission.
Also, check out the Big Bud CD on the same label.
These guys are the future of drum n' bass.
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