Based in the Italian city of Bologna, Irma is far from the politics that have ravaged the U.K. homegrown movement. This compilation, Frank Siccardi's first in this series, proves testament to a widescreen vision of drum'n'bass through its profiling of some of the more progressive artists working in 2002. Though there is a heavy leaning to the Reinforced label, with tracks from G-Force &Seiji, Sonar Circle, and 4 Hero (albeit in Photek, Intalex, and File's altered states), the breadth of hard to find material should quell any dissent. London Elektricity's inspired take on Nitin Sawhney's "Sunset" is a little-known classic, with its soft-edged synths and a beat accompanied by a low-frequency rattling sub-bass punch, while elsewhere on the album the aforementioned Heroes get down to the business of remixing DJ Krush's "Meiso" to spectacular effect. Sci-Clone's sought-after remix of "Lake of Perseverance" will prove an unexpected bonus to those seeking something deeper.
AllMusic Review by Kingsley Marshall