well he already done it five years ahead of schedule, which is why they named the album after the track no doubt
nothing if not fixated, Mr Bukem
a remake of an unreleased track from 93 with a terribly misconceived title
listen to these next two, though, and what became so clearly a cul de sac in disappointing actuality, seems - for a moment - like an infinite expanse of possibility stretching out like a shimmering horizon, still
never registered the (Happy Raw) part of the title before!
the greatest d&B tune ever? certainly the greatest smooth-but-ruff
the beats on that are like... being beaten up by butterflies
best bongos ever
best breathiness ever
and of course it had to fade out like that - gesturing at infinity
runners up in the ruff with da smoov stakes:
adam f, "circles"
omni trio, "soul freestyle"
omni trio, "the elemental"
peshay, "vocal tune"
pfm, "one and only"
dave wallace, "expressions"
dave wallace, "waves"
this one i disregarded at the time but it is not bad at all
the problem is that the sheer surprise of "Atlantis" and "Music" - especially with the former, its calm and oceanic immersiveness was like an ambush of gentleness when it would slip into the mix in '93 - became lost when you had a whole set of that sound, or album of that sound... when all the Bukem-a-likes / Bukem-lites came long, making washed-out watercolours in the mold of the Master
the contrast effect gone
that said, one of the best D&B deejay gigs i ever heard was Bukem in NYC playing a whole set of GL/LG material, blended seamlessly into a shimmering amorphous wall of homogenous bliss - really just like one long mega-track