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No Smoke Without Fire

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The third in the MDZ compilations followed hot on the heels of a Rufige Kru remix EP, which marked the 50th release from the groundbreaking drum'n'bass label, as well as a promised upturn in releases and the re-launch of the legendary club Sessions and the return of Photek to the Metalheadz fold. As with the preceding MDZ02, No Smoke Without Fire offered all new material, opening with Hidden Agenda's sympathetic reworking of Lemon D's "Urban Style Music" before ripping through tracks from Spirit, Danny C, Loxy and Ink, and Bad Company's Dan Fresh. Goldie himself also gets in on the act, hitting the decks to bang the Headz together on a second mixed disc, while also throwing down a cut of his own under the Rufige Kru moniker -- "Rhythm Killa" a classically claustrophobic blend of bass growl, spiralling atmospheres and percussive punch. Despite a couple of misguided inclusions, Danny C's substandard liquid funker "Skills" and Lemon D's sacrilegious mash-up of Alex Reece's "Pulp Fiction," Headz remains a powerhouse all set for the next 50 releases which will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of drum'n'bass.