DJ John Kelley

Funkydesertbreaks, Vol. 2

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The second commercial release from Los Angeles DJ DJ John Kelley, Funkydesertbreaks, Vol. 2, could easily disappoint those expecting the true breakbeat album its title suggests. Although Kelley rose to prominence on the rave circuit through his mastery of breakbeats, much of Funkydesertbreaks, Vol. 2 is instead devoted to house music, hi-hats and all. Kelley should be applauded for his flawless mixing and excellent musical taste, but there are very few tracks that provide a sound the listener would expect from an album with "breaks" in the title. Funkydesertbreaks, Vol. 2 also fails to produce any really memorable moments. Instead, the session escalates into an upbeat dance mix less than one minute into it and never quite crescendos throughout the remainder of the album. The ending is abrupt and the listener is left feeling somewhat unsatisfied. Funkydesertbreaks, Vol. 2 will surely expose the listener to new artists and songs (with the possible exception of Underworld's "Born Slippy"), but not within the genre that one would expect. For a true breakbeat experience look to DJ Icey's Generate instead.

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