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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
This amiable megastar Manchester house DJ has built up a solid reputation from the late 1980s. His premillennial album collaboration is a fiery mix of techno and house tunes that, while they rarely break new ground, never ... more »
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This amiable megastar Manchester house DJ has built up a solid reputation from the late 1980s. His premillennial album collaboration is a fiery mix of techno and house tunes that, while they rarely break new ground, never fall below a certain standard. Standout tracks include the funky "Black Shaolin" and the muscular, pumping "Latin Theme," both of which are featured on the soundtrack to the cult Welsh clubbing film Human Traffic. There's also the cold techno fantasy overload of "Phuture 2000," the good ol' rocksteady house groove of "Cosmic Dawn," and "The Mission," an intense, pacey collaboration with young techno-trance producer Adam Freeland. Situated amid the more crowd-pleasing rhythms, though, are some experimental tracks, like "Deeper Mind," with its grainy, warped-out feel, or the spacey acid tones of "Another Place." These show that Cox, more than a mere commercial rave DJ, is always prepared to slip in a few surprises. --Lucy O'Brien
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Don't waste your money
(1 out of 5 stars)
"OH, this CD was a waste of money. I was very disapointed! I was expecting a great CD like all his others, but this was completely different, and in a bad way. Cheesy beats and vocals. I hated it! I wish I could return the CD and get my money back, but I can't, so hopefully I can help you from making the same mistake I did! Don't waste your money on this CD."
A nice road trip gone sour
handyandy1 | Columbia, MO United States | 04/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD with a destination in mind: a 70 minute drive to some slammin techno. Carl Cox is at the wheel. At first the journey starts out great. The first 2 songs were right on track, tough Detriot-style techno. Carl is slowly picking up the speed when something goes wrong, at track 3 he accidently downshifts into 3rd gear with a weak SALSA song and the car lurches viontely. He regains a bit of conrtol (but not much), then at Track 6 he notices a sign that says "Worlds biggest ball of twine next exit!" and exits going about a hundred miles an hour, nearly wrecking the car. Track 6 is a little diddy called Black Shaolin that features some idiot with a reggae-mon accent talking about shaolin kung-fu over the whole track. But dont picture cool kung-fu samples like the Wu-Tang Clan, picture Bob Marley watching the last ten minutes of a Bruce Lee flick then trying to give a speech on Shaloin Kung Fu. Carl continues to take the worst detours that include the dumbest, most repetive vocals Ive ever heard (i.e. "You shouda been smarter now you know you not harder!"). By now Carl is completely lost and wanders from third rate trip-hop to reggae to salsa to just plain garbage. Towards the last 2 tracks of the CD he finds the highway again but by now everyone is so pissed off they just wanna go home, or at least to the used CD store."
Critics agree - Cox should stick to mixing...
OverTheMoon | email@example.com | 12/29/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is mostly Cox's own work from start to finish. How does it pan out? Well he is one of the very few DJs to do this, but he is no Van Dyk and this album is certainly hit or miss. I think it is good to see Cox try something like this and it does show that he has a lot of musical talent but he is SOOOOOOO much better when is just hitting the decks and this is really what people want to hear. So approach with caution, even hardcore Cox fans may not like it."