After hearing Rae and Christian's Another Late Night, I really had to hear more of the series (DJ Dan, Zero 7, Groove Armada), so I picked this CD up. Amazon had also recommended Zero 7 to me independantly. It started out innocently enough, with some loungey jazzy beats and ambient mood to it. The record rapidly turned, however, within three tracks, to a meta-rap deluge over mild and meek beats. After another couple tracks, the rap thinned out some, and it was replaced with some more upbeat, electronic jazz tones. I think that about half way through is really the highlight of the album. Bright and melodic, but still downtempo enough to be a relaxing listen. Shortly thereafter, however, the record makes a foray back into the hard rap-over-quiet-music genre. Thankfully, the album finishes on a brighter note, and for about four tracks, the album is worth listening to. I don't regret buying the album; I simply wish it had more substance to it. Buy used.
Ok, listen up....If you are a fan of the DJ Kicks series...GET THIS CD!!!! This CD has a little more variety than some of my favorite DJ Kicks CDs....ie..Thievery Corporation, Kid Loco, and Kruder & Dorfmeister. This CD has far more of an old school flavor than those...think...AIM....if you like AIM, you will LOVE this CD. I delayed purchasing this one due to bad reviews, mistake!!! I also listened to the samples provided, which I dont feel are quite good enough to give you a feel for this disc. In summary this cd is a perfect blend of acid jazz,hip-hop,old school R&B, and trip-hop. A must for the collection!!!!!!!
I am very confused about this realease. I was so excited when I put it in the player for the first time, only to be suprised by what came across the speakers. I loved Simple THings like a religion, but I just could not get into this COMPILATION ALBUM. Dont be fooled like I was and just wait for the next TRUE Zero 7 release to spend your $$ on.
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