Tuesday, April 22, 2008

So far

I don't know what became of Alex Reece. He was huge in the dnb scene for a while--enough so that he titled his first album So far, so that we'd all understand there would be more, yet he didn't kick on from there, despite the commercial appeal of that album, and didn't become the big star that he threatened to be.

So far is excellent jazzy dnb, featuring several killer tracks. Feel the sunshine's trippy beats, Pulp Friction's propulsive techno bassline, and Candles' laidback smooth jazz feel put him head and shoulders above the rest of the scene back in the day. It was groundbreaking in its day, and it still sounds fresh. For my money, dnb has largely lost its way, and creativity is at a premium, which makes an artist like Reece seem that little bit more vital.


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