Boymerang ‎– Balance Of The Force

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Soul Beat Runna 7:58
Mind Control 8:32
The River (VIP) 8:43
You Like It Like That 8:11
A.C.I.D 8:05
Where Its At? 7:54
Secret Life 4:05
Still 7:57
Lazarus 9:07

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
REG13CD, 7243 8 56610 2 0 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Album, Dig) Regal, Regal REG13CD, 7243 8 56610 2 0 UK 1997 Sell This Version
REG 13 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(2xLP, Album) Regal REG 13 UK 1997 Sell This Version
REG 13 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(2xLP, Promo) Regal REG 13 UK 1997 Sell This Version
REGDJ 13, 12REGDJ 13 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(2xLP, Promo) Regal, Regal REGDJ 13, 12REGDJ 13 UK 1997 Sell This Version
REG 13 CD Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Album) Regal REG 13 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
ASW 6222 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Album) Astralwerks ASW 6222 US 1997 Sell This Version
TOCP-4069 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Album) Regal TOCP-4069 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ASW 6222 AD Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Album, Promo) Astralwerks ASW 6222 AD US 1997 Sell This Version
REGCDDJ 13 Boymerang Balance Of The Force(CD, Promo) Regal REGCDDJ 13 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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AndresTashi

AndresTashi

April 26, 2017
referencing Balance Of The Force, 2xLP, Album, REG 13
Highly underrated album, a work of art. Reckon it was overshadowed by the success of Reprazent's 'New Forms', which was released around the same time.
phaks

phaks

May 24, 2015
referencing Balance Of The Force, 2xLP, Album, REG 13
Very fine grooves from the early days of D#n#B. From deep instrumentals to ladies singing 'ohowowho'. Get it while it's cheep.
steady-j

steady-j

July 31, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Balance Of The Force, 2xLP, Promo, REGDJ 13, 12REGDJ 13

Graham Sutton caused quite a stir in 97, the former idm/leftfield upstart who has effortlessly joined the progressive edge of the mainstream d&b scene, having (it is rumoured) been wooed by WARP among others in the process.
His "Urban Space/Still" 12" remains something of a classic, and this album explored his patch of d&b territory, erring on the lighter side of things, producing widely differing reactions from his audience.
Breaking off with "Soul Beat Runna", which had previously been issued as a single, a generally fairly dreamy track which features a fat buzzing b-line, and narrowly avoids the soupiness of much of this supposedly arty drum-n-bass.
"Mind Control" follows, with a kind of techstep-lite feel - the atmosphere is dark but not evil and the breaks are powerful but not enormous. There are also some wicked blippy techno noises in this, and an interesting breakdown with a nifty little guitar riff and lots of reverb.
"The River (VIP)" features a female vocal snippet, and pretty much amounts to a reprise of the sounds of Goldie's "Timeless" album. Washes past pleasantly but doesn't really go anywhere.
"You Like it Like that" which follows, is, by contrast, a hard dark stormer of a track, a switchback ride of alternating breaks, massive basslines and the usual bag of dark sound effects. "A.C.I.D." seems like another Bukem/Goldie soundalike track until the bendy buzzy synths and occasional shock breaks start. Finally a wicked swopping and wiping acid synth line dances along with the track, providing an excellent counterpoint to the lush instrumentation and occasional female vocal samples.
"Where it's at" features some Martin Luther King snippets over its jazz/techstep hybrid track, and "Secret Life" is a lush downtempo smoocher. With its 80bpm tempo it could be a really useful mellow interlude in a smooth jazzy d&b set.
On the last side, "Still" was a familiar stormer from he earlier issued single, and "Lazarus" is another lush piece, though lacking some of the twists of earlier tracks on the LP.
Overall, then a beautifully produced, cleverly positioned (between dark and light) album, very clever and innovative at its time, occupying perhaps similar territory to Goldie's "Timeless" from a couple of years before.
Harry_X

Harry_X

May 15, 2002
referencing Balance Of The Force, CD, Album, REG 13 CD

a very good DnB-CD with jazzy-souly sounds and sometimes darkstep-elements. there are a lot of good tracks on it, but the best is "Lazarus": how the drums go into the ambient sounds and finally let just the sea-waves noising around -fantastic. Ambient DnB at its best.