Rob da Bank

Rob Da Bank

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Although the accomplished Sunday Best nights at the Tearoom Des Artistes never quite captured the downtempo zeitgeist of fellow purveyors of soothing sounds The Big Chill, Rob Da Bank's London weekly did much to further both the downbeat movement and the prevalence of bar culture, which was able to out manoeuvre the superclubs that had dominated the UK club scene throughout the 1990s. His first outing for the internet based DJ conglomerate expands upon his previous compilations for Dust 2 Dust, Cheeky and his own Sunday Best label -- echoing his Blue Room broadcasts for BBC Radio One with a selection that picks up some of the more interesting beats of 2002. Opening with a Tom Middleton exclusive is sure to draw connoisseurs of chill to the subdued light of Da Bank's musical flame, its meandering bleeps and choric orchestration more Global Communication than Cosmos. The selection shifts up a gear briefly, moving from the glorious key work of Hardkandy's "Summer of 95" and Seelenluft's ubiquitous "Manila" before twisting in the deadpan cover of "Showroom Dummies" from Senor Coconut. More evasive beats follow, with the selection twisting to the overcast sounds of Boomclick through the hotly tipped Hint before closing with an alarming version of "Crazy" from the daughter of Norwegian downbeat hero Magnet.