Sunday, January 22, 2017
Vocal Tune / the Top 7 jungle-D+B albums of all time
Did Peshay ever get to do an album?*
Cos twelve variations on this would give The Deepest Cut a run for its money as best jungle album ever....**
Love the can't-be-arsed / all-that-needs-to-be-said quality of the title "Vocal Tune"
Could just as easily - as deservedly - be titled "Drum Tune". Beats so criss.
The vocal in question is, of course, from this - diva-only breakdown starts at about 5.56
* He did.
** What's the competition? Meaning single-artist non-best-of, so that takes compilations out of the running
I'd say it goes:
The Deepest Cut aka Music for the Next Millennium
then Black Secret Technology
then Parallel Universe
then a tie between New Forms and Timeless (programmed on your player to skip the wank bits)
then a tie between Haunted Science and Jacob's Optical Stairway
That's it, isn't it?
I mean, what else is there?
The rest seem either a clear case of couple-of-good-tracks + unnecessary remixes of the classic tunes you loved as singles but have been now rendered not-nearly-as-good. Or really washed out, watery, misguided attempts at quasi-organic musicality / home-listening. (Path that P-man seems to have gone down, judging...)
Foul Play, E-Z Rollers, Adam F, Alex Reece (not that I had much in the way of expectations there!), Grooverider... all disappointing...
I guess some would rate Photek's long-form efforts...
Two Pages seemed really good - both the "musical" disc and the harsh disc - at the time, but I can't remember a thing about it.
Source Direct's album similarly impressed then but leaves barely a memory trace.
28 Gun Bad Boy is a bit early to count as jungle / D&B and anyway isn't a real album, what with that megamix taking up such a huge swathe of it...
It is a track-oriented genre, jungle / D&B, and it's on that basis that it stakes a mighty claim to be the greatest dance genre ever - and also a generator of great compilations galore.
But albums - that was never really going to be its forte