Jason Hogans

Peter & The Rooster

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Jason Hogans doesn't make any style of drum'n'bass that you've heard before. As quirky and randomly (though meticulously) arranged as Hogans' beats are, they sound beautiful, hitting gently rather than roughly, and sprinkling into one's ear with sheer delicacy. Besides the warm, friendly percussion -- which starkly contrasts the dark terror of drum'n'bass leaders such as Ed Rush and Photek -- the record features some truly nonsecular sounds that aren't exactly melodies yet are quite soothing. In the end, there aren't any especially catchy hooks or melodies, just beautiful sounds that seem to course from the speakers with a natural fluidity. One may wish that the melodies were catchier and more accessible, but Hogans makes you work for them. It takes time to adjust to the album's fresh style, but it's well worth the wait. You won't hear anything like this anywhere else, except perhaps on the albums of Hogans' close friend and labelmate, Recloose.

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