Various Artists

Laws of Motion

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The Laws of Motion label's second full-length release following Neon Phusion's The Future Ain't the Same as It Used 2 B, Laws of Motion ties together a number of previously vinyl-only tracks -- up to the label's 17th 12" -- from the likes of Modaji, Back 2 Earth, Tonkatsu, Stephane Attias, Kaidi Tatham, and the Truth. While the disc features the handiwork of several elite broken beat and house producers (the aforementioned, along with Phil Asher, Seiji, and Mark de Clive-Lowe), hardly any of them are in top form, turning out tracks that, despite the pleasant tones, lack bite. Most of these extended grooves slip past without much notice and could be suitable for a doctor's waiting room. Still, the disc isn't without its highlights. Back 2 Earth's closing "Ah Huh" is one of the most memorable, with a great Sunday afternoon drift not unlike RAMP's classic rare groove "Daylight." The "Embassy Mix" of Neon Phusion's "How Times Fly" is another exception to the disc's rule, with Don Ricardo (Agent K's "Ladies") turning in a key vocal performance on another tune that draws on the past without drowning in it. All told, this is hardly the best documentation of all the broken beat creativity that's been swirling around London (and eventually elsewhere) since the late '90s.

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