Icons ‎– Emotions With Intellect

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Future Aspects 5:58
Salsa Flavour 6:09
Repro House 5:31
Urban Radio 5:46
Third Eye Visions 6:15
Lost In Music 5:59
Stratosphere 5:48
Fluid Dynamics 6:00
Vertigo 6:59
Electric Soul 6:15
Planet Fusion 5:12
Nostalgia 6:05

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MJAZZCD 1 Icons Emotions With Intellect(CD, Album) Modern Urban Jazz MJAZZCD 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MJAZZLP 1 Icons Emotions With Intellect(3x12", Album) Modern Urban Jazz MJAZZLP 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MJAZZLP 1 Icons Emotions With Intellect(3xLP, Promo) Modern Urban Jazz MJAZZLP 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RML66007-2, RML 66007-2 Icons Emotions With Intellect(CD, Album) React America, React America RML66007-2, RML 66007-2 US 1997 Sell This Version

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Pleinmont

Pleinmont

January 10, 2017
referencing Emotions With Intellect, CD, Album, MJAZZCD 1
I feel like I should personally apologise to Blame and Justice - its 2017 and despite being a rave/jungle/d&b record buyer and collector since 1994 I never picked up on this album till now. Its frankly stunning and yet seems to have been slept on at the time - I have a couple of Icons 12''s but wish I had bought this album at the time. Maybe the two producers were just that bit too far ahead for most people's ears. Listening now it's all absolutely spot on for either a club or at home. So so good.
Collector_Cave_Guy

Collector_Cave_Guy

April 20, 2016
referencing Emotions With Intellect, 3x12", Album, MJAZZLP 1

This album was written by two great producers from the golden era of Intelligent Jungle / Artcore. It features silky smooth production, lush sounding pads, bright synth lines and beautiful chords. Being somehow futuristic yet vintage sounding at the same time, its very classy stuff indeed. As Code NKK mentions, this was indeed overlooked, a criminal offence in my opinion. Perhaps now it is time for the sublime music on this LP to finally receive some well overdue praise.
basementphil

basementphil

March 28, 2015
referencing Emotions With Intellect, CD, Album, MJAZZCD 1
When I decided to use my company Vinyl Distribution to promote the new sound of DnB emerging I was looking for artists who I felt could move into this new sound. I had been a big fan of the Blame & Justice projects that had been coming out since those early Rave years on the superb Moving Shadow Label. So after listening to the last Blame & Justice release on Shadow and not feeling it as I had all thier previous releases I decided to ring Tony aka Justice. We talked on the phone about how the Rave/Jungle scene was coming to an end, remember the article by Pete Tong "Raving is Dead" the writing was on the wall, however in an Documentary interview at the time I said within a few years Tongy would come to realise that a new scene was emerging and that he like many others would once again embrace the underground scene that we all came from.
So after a long chat I invited Tony & Conrad down to my company Vinyl Distribution in Reading to have a chat about an idea I had. I played the ma bunch of releases I had planned and some of the early DnB records coming out through my company Vinyl Dist' and got the response I expected from these two talented artists, so I asked them if they would produce some prrojects for my new Basement Records sub label Precious Material.
I asked them to not worry about DJ rections and to simply draw on thier musical backgrounds and put that into the music, so no restrictions, no formula, just pure heartfelt music. I wanted music that could be listened too anywhere, in a club, a bar at home with your friends, so the Icons project was born. The guys drew on all thier musical influences and produced the stunning Aspects & Inspirations projects. Even though at the time very few DJs supported the releases, the growing interst in the burgeoning DnB Scene from the mainstream, was enough to get the release some great reviews in magazines such as MixMag, Muzik & DJ and with the growing buzz around the club Speed hosted by Fabio & Bukem all added to the success of the release, the guys continued with the project and this awesome album was the result.
To build up a catalogue of labels from my company the Modern Urban Jazz label was born.
A DnB soundscape of Jazz, Techno & rare groove beats that was so infectious the album was released to critical acclaim. Now many years later this album is a glowing beacon to those formative years of the DnB scene and without doubt has lasted the test of time. Its still has not lost none of its impact as a wondereful musical journey and deserves its palce in DnB history. Voted no 17 in the Fact magazine 100 best albums of the 1990s, listening to it now you realise just how ground breaking this wonderful album was and what brilliant artists Tony & Conrad are to produce a DnB masterpiece.
Basement Phil
ProfessorLove

ProfessorLove

June 11, 2014
referencing Emotions With Intellect, CD, Album, RML66007-2, RML 66007-2

This album is absolutely perfect in every way. My favorite D&B/Jungle record.
Code_NKK

Code_NKK

December 2, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Emotions With Intellect, 3x12", Album, MJAZZLP 1

This is an amazing album which somehow failed to garner the same attention as projects by Goldie and LTJ Bukem around the same time. I believe much of this was actually produced in 1994 - I saw Fabio review "Salsa Flavour" in Atmosphere magazine that year, for instance and the tunes certainly have a '94 production feel to them. However, they are streets ahead of much contemporary Drum & Bass in terms of subtlety and execution.

The aforementioned "Salsa Flavour" is a real fusion between Salsa and Drum & Bass. All the Brazilian influenced D&B that's coming out now falls flat in comparison with this gem. The whole album is brillant though, don't pass it up if you see it 2nd hand!