Luck & Neat

It's All Good

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Clearly working in its own world of melancholy, chopped ragga and garage beats, It's All Good tried to pick up where previous genre albums by So Solid Crew, the Streets, and Mis-Teeq left off. While Luck & Neat's style of U.K. garage was more antiseptically succinct -- their palette clean and soft, but with a subtle throb and a tight, deceptively minimal breakstep underpull somewhere between the emaciated sex of Artful Dodger and the shuddering 2-step of Sticky and N.A.P. Crew's "Shadow Demon" -- it proved ill-suited for its full-length surroundings. The relaxed up-tempo amplified the already overbearingly large amount of filler and neither Luck nor Neat had the charisma to pull it off. This was a premature release on obvious terms, even if the famously kinetic sub-tango vibes of "Irie," "Ska Dis," and the magnificent "Piano Loco" were as crucial to the evolution of 2-step as anything released all year.

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