LTJ Bukem ‎– Earth Volume Two

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Rollercone Fictions 5:20
LTJ Bukem Cosmic Interlude 8:55
Odyssey Artificial Life 8:40
Blame J-Walkin' 7:03
Artemis Silver Dawn 7:18
Intense Flashback 6:21
Blu Mar Ten Adrift On Deep Water 8:25
DJ Addiction Senses 7:08
DJ Crystl Mind Games 10:46

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EARTHLP002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(5x12" + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num) Earth, Good Looking Records EARTHLP002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHLP002 Various Earth Volume Two(2x12", Comp, Promo) Earth EARTHLP002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHMC002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(2xCass, Comp + Box) Earth EARTHMC002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHLP002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(5x12", Comp, Promo + Box, Ltd) Earth EARTHLP002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHCD002, EARTHCD001 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(CD, Comp, M/Print) Good Looking Records, Earth, Earth EARTHCD002, EARTHCD001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHCD002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(CD, Comp, Promo) Earth EARTHCD002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
EARTHCD002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(CD, Comp, RP) Earth EARTHCD002 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EARTHCD002 LTJ Bukem Earth Volume Two(CD, Comp, RP) Earth EARTHCD002 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Charlie.White

Charlie.White

February 14, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Earth Volume Two, 5x12" + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num, EARTHLP002
Sounds to me like 'Intense - Flashback' samples the bassline from 'Deep Cover- Dr. Dre Snoop Doggy Dogg' off the Deep Cover soundtrack.
TackyMan

TackyMan

April 15, 2017
referencing Earth Volume Two, CD, Comp, M/Print, EARTHCD002, EARTHCD001

Probably the best or at least my favorite in the Earth series.
Deploy

Deploy

May 23, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Earth Volume Two, CD, Comp, M/Print, EARTHCD002, EARTHCD001
The second installation of Earth series borrows more downtempo themes from its predecessor while deviating further from the drum and bass narrative. The openers in "Fictions" and "Cosmic Interlude" set the tone with a myriad of deep bass, structured synth layers and arrangement that provide a fresh take on the series.

However, there are 3 traditional drum and bass tracks: Odyssey's "Artificial Life" representing the formula for the emerging 720 (at the time), to DJ Crystl's inspirational outing in "being capable of anything" as well as new comer in DJ Addiction's "Senses" breakbeat slab.

The middle section of the Earth 2 is where I feel the compilation takes off. To this date, Blame's "J-Walkin" is his magnum opus in my personal opinion. If future jazz was ever a concept, then I think we heard it in 1997. A 6/4 track smothered with an elegant flute, rhodes and bassline. Let's not forget Artemis and Intense on their first appearance to the series bringing some well-infused downtempo vibes, as well as Blu Mar Ten's infectious snare march towards the deep blue, including sonar radar sounds, whistles, and Miles Davis samples. Yes, it actually works out. :)

I feel Earth 2 really cemented where the series was going, and the production level is quite evolved: sounding crisp, tight, and carefully leveled. At the time, no other major DnB label were branching off like this to expose their artists and showcase their talent. From here on out, the Earth series didn't need to walk on egg shells to cater to the known core base. A risk worth the temptation.
LIFELINE

LIFELINE

December 27, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Earth Volume Two, 5x12" + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num, EARTHLP002

This compilation is so staggeringly beautiful; every track is utterly breathtaking. Released in the midst of the dark ‘No U-Turn’ dominated winter of ’97, it really cut against the grain. The majority of tracks are down tempo and coupled with the fact that this LP was released to a drum and bass audience who, particularly at the time, were extremely wary of the perceived watering down of their sound, was a bold move on the part of Good Looking Records. The compilation, albeit not in the same malevolent vein as much of the music at the time, was no less experimental or indeed diluted. Feel the sense of foreboding on Intense’s ‘Flashback’ or the serene solitude in the forlorn ‘Adrift on Deep Water’ by Blu Mar Ten. Hear the drop-out midway on Bukem’s ‘Cosmic Interlude’ for a taste of sheer tranquillity; whilst the sublime ‘J-Walkin’ by Blame makes for a lesson in pure exploration of the drum & bass / breakbeat sound. So far for me, Volume 2 is by far and away the cream of the Earth series.