Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Contemporary beat freaks care little for petty genre boundaries. While anachronistic hip-hop heads are busy keeping it real, their more open-minded dance-music partners are spilling over into new, unexplored territory. Tak... more »
Contemporary beat freaks care little for petty genre boundaries. While anachronistic hip-hop heads are busy keeping it real, their more open-minded dance-music partners are spilling over into new, unexplored territory. Take Los Angeles's Hive, for example. Hive's first album, the independently released Working with Sound, bridged instrumental trip-hop with casual jazz piano licks. Hive's even more at home on Devious Methods, the follow-up LP. Here, the beats come harder and faster and dip into aggressive ambient sounds and hardstep drum & bass, bringing along some angry guitars and a whole slew of voice-overs for the loud and bumpy ride. Unafraid to road-test new combinations, Hive plants flags for himself as a leading pioneer of the ever-expanding U.S. electronic scene. --Jon Caramanica
By far one of the best drum n bass albums I have heard.
eSTRANgED | Salt Lake , UT | 07/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this album four months ago after hearing his new mix tape (sick). It has not left my stereo yet. It mixes hip hop and abstract drum n bass together creating by far one of the best drum n bass albums i have heard in the five years that I have been listining to jungle or drum n bass. Anyone will appreciate and enjoy, not just jungle heads......."
The more i listen, the more i like...
Guillaume Tourneur | 04/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well I'm sitting here listening to this cd at work and wanted to chime in...this is really a dope cd, for drum n bass fans its a different take on the genre, i would say a truly "american" drum n bass style, very unique! lots of hip hop touches, samples that make you laugh out loud (and think), and a (punk) rock edge as well. The drum tracks could be "heavier", but the whole thing has a coherent "feel" that is truly lacking in 99% of the electronic "albums", i.e. entire cd's by 1 artist usually come up short, a collection of singles at best-whereas this one is solid all the way through. the more i listen the more i appreciate. so buy it then!"
Aaron P. Krowne | Blacksburg, VA United States | 10/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are into "dark" drum&bass, this is your album. There is incredible variation between the songs, so that the CD as a whole is not monotonous but still has a unified mood. You will not get bored (this is rare for drum&bass artists, but Hive pulls it off beautifully.) The construction of the tracks ranges from breakneck-pace drums to slow and heavy beats. Samples are very well-placed, and a funny, or forboding, complement to the music. Use of synth and guitar samples -- albeit sparingly -- is icing on the cake. You'll listen to it over and over again (I did.)"