Carl Cox

The Sound of Ultimate B.A.S.E.

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The ultimate DJ is back on the music scene; after a departure to circulate the world's club scene and sew his vinyl oats, Carl Cox is back in business. But this time he's brought with him the supremely bassy sounds of his Ultimate B.A.S.E. crew from deep in the heart of England. From the outset, with the floor-cracking jungle bumps of "Bushbaby" by Creative Impulse to DJ Funk's icy cold knocks on "Run," Cox's compilation establishes a presence as unrelenting as its head-throbbing one-two punch of vibes. With a discriminate selection of pure, unadulterated house beats, this compilation can nevertheless make you feel like the picture on the back cover, of Cox standing in front of an over-sized speaker, covering his ears in pain. Keep some aspirin and the power switch handy when planning to listen to this collection of pounding rhythms all the way through. Cox does well to incorporate a variety of house sounds while maintaining a heartfelt, deep, and bass-induced sound, but you would be wise to keep the volume low and not to use headphones.

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