Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
A virtual pioneer in the realm of breakbeat, Danny "LTJ" Bukem first came into prominence as a DJ at Speed, a London nightclub that catered to the celebrated drum & bass cognoscenti. With his influential Good Looking and L... more »
A virtual pioneer in the realm of breakbeat, Danny "LTJ" Bukem first came into prominence as a DJ at Speed, a London nightclub that catered to the celebrated drum & bass cognoscenti. With his influential Good Looking and Looking Good music labels now quite popular in the U.K., Bukem also has a solid reputation as a producer and record executive. This double disc is a compilation of several outstanding Bukem performances, along with a number of remixed tracks by his favorite drum & bass compatriots. Including classic cuts by progressive electronic artists like Photek, DJ Crystl, and Peshay, LTJ Bukem has compiled a cutting-edge collection of studio/hardware-based dance music which proudly display mid-nineties breakbeat innovations straight out of the United Kingdom. This one's highly recommended. --Mitch Myers
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has one of the best intelligent drum&bass beats I have heard so far. Good to dance to as well as kickin back too also, so buy this cd!"
The defining moment of atmospheric / intelligent dnb
David Turlington | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two discs, one mixed and one unmixed. If you are a dnb / jungle fan, you probably already own this. If you've never heard dnb before, but are a fan of well-mixed music, ltj bukem works the decks like a zen master. If you are an aspiring dance dj, in any genre, listening to disc A will improve your craft.
In some ways, this album is showing its age. Jungle, even atmospheric jungle, has gotten significantly faster and harder in the 12-14 years since most of these tracks were produced. Hovering around 158 bpm throughout, showcasing plenty of classic oldschool samples, jungle's roots in hardcore are more audible than in today's dnb. And yet, they are each undeniably jungle, and many of them can still go toe to toe with the best productions available when listening bliss is the goal (rather than visceral concussive blasts of monster bass).
The drum programming, I will say, lacks a lot of the spasmodic originality that modern electronica holds dear. There's no ragga break, or tech step break, and the sublimity of the mixing can have the effect of bleeding the tracks together almost too perfectly...so not to play the elitism card, but other facets of the music have more than enough originality to quench a discerning listener.
Not every historic moment is a historic moment for everyone, but there are good reasons why this album represents a historic moment for many. This has been a public service announcement."