Various Artists

Urban Flavour: Modern Jazz Drum 'n Bass Turbo Funk

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The funk is definitely present in this jazzy, groovy, drum-and-bass album -- but the turbo is hard to find. The beat is up-tempo and the tone is light, but there are no driving melody lines or rhythm section to propel things forward. The songs, most of which top out around eight minutes, are characterized by extremely slow builds and two minute outros. The up-tempo parts of the album tend to have the same stutter-step beat; the down-tempo parts have no beat at all. Ethereal, psychedelic keyboard effects take over, punctuated by occasional vocal or percussion samples. The lack of dynamics or drama in the album make it better suited to the background than the foreground of any given situation. It could go over equally well in a doctor's office, a clothing boutique or a chill room. It is, however, a bit too static to listen to alone. Not surprising, considering that the producers and label are underground San Francisco house-heads who pride themselves on creating very cerebral, cutting-edge music. In this album, it seems that they have chosen to take the musical high ground, offering a collection that stays strictly within the confines of a very specialized subgenre. D&B die-hards will appreciate every nuance of it, but few others will be able to find any nuances whatsoever.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
8:59
2
8:14
3 6:53
4
6:32
5
7:57
6
9:52
7
7:40
8
8:11
9
7:24
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