3 Seconds Is Now

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One of the surprisingly few German drum'n'bass artists to break out internationally, Cativo has been long-associated with the country's most popular breakbeat producer, Panacea. And while his debut album, 3 Seconds Is Now, was released by Panacea's Mille Plateaux sub-label, Position Chrome, the music found on this CD is a far cleaner and more straightforward style of drum'n'bass than the aggro-jungle usually found on the imprint. This more typical U.K. style of jungle shares the same sonic fluidity as classic British labels like Metalheadz and Moving Shadow, rather than the heavier grind usually associated with continental producers. There are several standout moments, most of which can be found on the album's first few cuts. The singular-ride cymbal hits on "Trip" add a sublime funk, while "60 Minutes" closes with one of the best acid lines ever used in a jungle track. Similarly, outside influences can be found on "Voracious," where heavy flange and melodic synth orchestration give everything a Detroit feel, or on "Your Eyes," where an acid house diva repeats the rave mantra, "oh yeah!," along with the pristine "amen" breaks and crisp percussion that are the album's one constant. Even casual drum'n'bass fans should enjoy this masterfully produced album of well-done beats and just enough surprises to keep things interesting.

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