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Wired Review

by David Jeffries

DJ Hyper's Wired is a slow burner that's ineffective if you merely sample it. After opening disc one with the soulful "My House," Hyper spends a lot of time building up to Planet Funk's slamming "Who Said" and then follows it with some tight thump and pump. Disc two follows the same pattern, but this time the temperature is raised a little earlier with tracks that demand more attention. Hyper's own "Body Rock" has satisfying, bleepy breaks, while his remix of Sugababes' "In the Middle" is clever, hypnotic, and a welcome bit of playfulness on an otherwise sober and slow-to-the-point mix. Listening to either disc in one sitting shows how much the DJ understands pacing and groove. There's also evidence that he's a great producer, but why so slow to get to the hard stuff? When he reaches outside his own catalog, too few of the tracks are compelling enough to sign up any new fans. Hardcore nu breaks addicts might appreciate hearing a more cerebral Hyper, but everyone else will just wonder how he got that name.

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