Soul Addiction

Cookin' Presents: Soul Addiction

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Having completely run his style of atmospheric drum'n'bass into the ground with an endless array of releases that never made any sort of musical "progression" (pun intended), LTJ Bukem looks back into his '60s and '70s musical roots. Unfortunately, it appears the don of the Good Lookin' empire of record labels is content to milk the classic sounds of his youth dry as well, by rubbing off all of the rough edges, an approach similar to the one he took with jungle in the '90s. The second release, after 1999's Soul Food compilation, Soul Addiction again features a dozen artists, all of whom apparently exist to make tracks exclusively for Bukem's comps. Using their samplers to reheat the dirty funk of '70s soul, the results are as flat as you'd expect. It's hard to even tell these instrumental exercises apart. Only "Force of Gravity" by Phazer makes much of an impact, by at least taking the time to incorporate Miles Davis West Coast trumpet howls and slight saxophone melodies. Adding insult to injury is the cover painting by Nick Purser, a stylistic variation on the classic '70s artwork of Ernie Barnes that graced the album covers of true soul giants Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. Only in this version, Bukem is clearly pictured presiding of his own dancefloor, like the egotist he clearly has become. Talk about believing your own hype.

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