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History Part 2: 93-96 The Rough And The Smooth
Various Artists
History Part 2: 93-96 The Rough And The Smooth
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
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By 1996, when this DJ DB-mixed compilation came out, drum & bass was in transition. L.T.J. Bukem and his crowd had smoothed jungle out to something mellow and oceanic; Grooverider and the crew at the No U-Turn label were t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: History Part 2: 93-96 The Rough And The Smooth
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smile Communication
Original Release Date: 10/29/1996
Release Date: 10/29/1996
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Drum & Bass, Electronica, Techno, Dance Pop, By Decade, 1990s, Bass, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 792826802721

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By 1996, when this DJ DB-mixed compilation came out, drum & bass was in transition. L.T.J. Bukem and his crowd had smoothed jungle out to something mellow and oceanic; Grooverider and the crew at the No U-Turn label were turning it into something harsher and more martial. DB's first great achievement on this record is to represent the mellow style of drum & bass (as well as ragga and jump-up flavors) while still hinting at where the music was going. Alex Reece's loping "Pulp Fiction" is here, as is Bukem's woozy "Horizons." But so is Rufige Kru's (a.k.a. Goldie) proto-techstep "Fury" and Renegade's self-explanatory "The Terrorist." DB's second great achievement is to make these opposites attract, somehow turning this into a narrative rather than a jumble. Pretty soon after, jungle dance floors went their separate ways, and no one had to take this kind of risk again. --Jeff Salamon
 

CD Reviews

History lesson indeed.
12/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'History..' isn't the sound that you'll hear from any of DB's newer releases. 'History..' captures the jungle/DnB at a unique moment in its history. It's a great lesson, like a Rosetta Stone from when techstep, jump-up, hardstep and jazz noir all start to differentiate. I'm not saying this point A and Roni Size or Grooverider and Dieselboy are points B. What you can hear on this album is this story where jungle/DnB was young enough that the spins are more important than slapping down labels on every sound. It's in that environment that innovation happens, and it's what DB captures so perfectly on this disc."
LiiiiiiiiiiiiGHTAAAA!
Diskoboy | DENVER,CO | 12/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All those who rememeber when Jungle first peeked it's head into America rememeber LIGHTA MASSIVE! This compilation has ALL the essential classics and some smooth morning DRUMnSPACE cutz as well. ALL MASSIVE..... YA 'EAR THIS!"
In your body
Diskoboy | 02/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For anyone out there who's perhaps not familiar with language used by the Baltimore reviewer, i.e. not familiar with this kind of music...and just looking around for some new music....you must start here. I have journeyed through the drum-n-bass/jungle/whatever category you want to call it....and this CD has so much to offer. It's the kind of music that gets in your body and fills you up, you must get out of your chair, you must move around the room. Sexy, groovin, and it's definitely about a more visceral connection to sound and musical composition. This is the greatest background music for when I'm working in the studio, cooking, or just hanging out with my husband. It loosens you up, and makes you feel excellent. By the time you reach the end of the disc, you have truly taken a journey. Grows on you and grows on you....."