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Urbal Beats 2
Wildchild, Uberzone, The Freestylers
Urbal Beats 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2

This compilation, offered by LA's Urb Magazine, is only deceptively straightforward: it explores the current state of electronica, with dance-floor stalwarts DJ Icey, Uberzone, and Rabbit in the Moon butting heads with neo...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Wildchild, Uberzone, The Freestylers, DJ Icey, Goldie, Hive, DJ Die vs. DJ Shadows, Portishead, Orbital, 808 State
Title: Urbal Beats 2
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Utv Records
Original Release Date: 5/12/1998
Release Date: 5/12/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Styles: Drum & Bass, Electronica, Trance, Big Beat, Trip-Hop, House, Techno, Dance Pop, By Decade, 1990s, Soul
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 731455584028, 731455584042

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This compilation, offered by LA's Urb Magazine, is only deceptively straightforward: it explores the current state of electronica, with dance-floor stalwarts DJ Icey, Uberzone, and Rabbit in the Moon butting heads with neo-pop stars like the Crystal Method, Goldie, and Portishead. One might suspect this to be yet another cash-in "electronica" compilation, a mere licensing scheme intended to separate you from the contents of your wallet. But this ain't no scam: not only is the track selection topnotch and accessible, with an equal dose of well-known hits and underappreciated gems, but the compilation also offers an entertaining education. On disc two, New York's Liquid Todd throws down a set of classics, tracks like Rhythim Is Rhythim's "Strings of Life," Orbital's "Chime," and Dubtribe's "Mother Earth," giving an insight as to what today's electronica stars were hearing whilst in their nappies. As an introduction to the overhyped and confusing world of "electronica," this compilation can't be beat. --Matthew Corwine

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An average of the two discs together...
12/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There are two discs here, and they're actually quite different from each other, so I'm going to review each disc on its individual merits.Disc One: 3 stars. There's some good songs here (Natural Born Chillers, Fatboy Slim, Wildchild, Portishead, Uberzone) but there are many tracks that are just mediocre or disappointing (namely, the decidedly inferior mixes of the Crystal Method and Prodigy tracks) and, unfortunately, this is not a continuous mix. Finally, it could have used more tracks with less hip-hop influence... there's more than one type of techno out there.Disc Two: 5 stars. A bunch of classics continually mixed together, the album never loses momentum and it keeps a constant groove to it. Of course, with classic songs like "Go," "Charly," "Chime," "Cubik," and "Strings Of Life," how could you go wrong?Bottom line: the average of 3 stars and 5 stars = 4 stars."
A letdown
RacerX | JAX, FL | 06/23/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This CD was a big letdown.. it was recommended by the person at the record store, looked good, etc. Basically disc 1 was too jungle for me. There are some tunes that are pretty good, but there are some downright angry-feeling ones as well. Temper-temper gave me a headache and "release YO' Delf"--well, you can figure it.Disc 2 was much better, but still not enough to compell me to repeat the purchase.Summary: Disc1 1-2 stars, Disc2 3-4 stars"
Disc 2 much better
RacerX | JAX, FL | 06/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There's another review that sums my sentiments exactly. Disc 1 gets 2-3 stars (kind of like a rap with faster beat) But disc 2 is really good; 5 stars)"