The Secret Art of Science

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Brit import DJ DB has been instrumental in bringing drum'n'bass to North American listeners. In The Secret Art of Science, the veteran DJ takes a look back and whips up a mix of some of the best drum'n'bass tracks of the '90s. Highlights include Photek's version of Roni Size's 1996 track "Brown Paper Bag" and Adam F's reworking of Everything but the Girl's "Before Today." Equally impressive is Rude Bwoy Monty's "Summer Sumting," which features a sweet sample of Kool & the Gang's classic "Summer Madness." Although the tracks on the album span several years, DJ DB's ability to blend beats and moods creates a fluid sound that's bound to appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. Drum'n'bass loyalists might consider DB's selection a bit pedestrian and obvious, but novice fans will find The Secret Art of Science to be a perfect introduction to a genre of music that, after a mere decade in existence at the time of this release, only seemed to be getting stronger.

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