Classic Drum 'N' Bass Box

Various Artists

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Classic Drum 'N' Bass Box Review

by David R. Adler

The price alone would seem to recommend this two-disc package, which can be had for under ten dollars. The first disc is a compilation called "Galaxy Tribe: A Drum-n-Bass Odyssey," which dates from 1997 and features tracks by Spiralhead, Children of Dub, Astralasia, and more. The second disc (and the better of the two) is Truth in the Eyes of a Spaceship, a crisp, inventive 1998 outing by Spaceship Eyes, aka Don Falcone. Both discs illustrate the inherent paradox of drum'n'bass music: its ability to be both sparse and busy at the same time, with haunting, ethereal textures and static harmonies gliding on top of drum parts that can get incredibly involved. These artists, however, have precious little to do with Britain's jungle scene (if not the genre itself), so the designation "classic" may be taken with a grain of salt.

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