Various ‎– Drum & Bass Arena LP

React ‎– REACT LP 201
5 × Vinyl, 12"

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A Bad Company Miami
Producer, Written-By – Dan Stein, Michael Wojcicki
B Spirit Out Of Control
Producer, Written-By – Duncan Busto
C Total Science Yvon Is On
Producer – Total ScienceWritten-By – Jason Greenhalgh, Paul Smith (11)
D Marcus Intalex & ST Files Balderdash
Producer, Written-By – Marcus Intalex & ST Files
E Accidental Heroes Dub Wise
Producer, Written-By – Sonic & Silver
F Ant Miles Sea Of Chaos
Producer, Written-By – Ant Miles
G Teebee Two Faced
Producer – TeebeeWritten-By – Torgeir Byrknes
H Carlito & DJ Addiction Into Music
Engineer – James Mitton-WadeProducer, Written-By – James Mitton-Wade, Jason Foreman
I Eskobar Tokyo Nitelife
Featuring – Lemon DProducer, Written-By – Eskobar, Lemon D
J Alex Reece & Utah Jazz Sex Jive
Producer – Fallen Angels 21Written-By – Alex Reece, Utah Jazz


  • Artwork By – Designers Republic, The

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  • Barcode: 5021620911960

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
REACT CD 201 Various Drum & Bass Arena(CD, Mixed + CD, Comp) React REACT CD 201 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Various Drum & Bass Arena LP(CDr, Promo) React none UK 2001 Sell This Version
REACT LP 201 Various Drum & Bass Arena LP(5x12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sti) React REACT LP 201 UK 2001 Sell This Version
REACT LP 201 Eskobar Feat. Lemon D / Alex Reece & Utah Jazz Eskobar Feat. Lemon D / Alex Reece & Utah Jazz - Drum & Bass Arena LP(12", TP) React REACT LP 201 UK 2001 Sell This Version


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June 23, 2012

Well, What can I say... it is not the worst compilation of our beloved genre, but still inferior to Clockwork, Armageddon, or even Heads of Industry. The rating, now standing at 3.5, is kinda accurate this time.

On side A, we have )EIB('s "Miami", the first installment of the "Miami series", if I am right (the other ones are Miami Flashback appearing on Book Of The Bad, and the cheesy Fuck Miami on Lost & Found). The latter versions, especially Fuck Miami, suck, but the original is stunning. Sure, it is nothing compared to Planet Dust or The Nine, but still a great roller I like listening to anytime. If anyone knows whether Miami is a reference to something or not, where is the vocal sample taken from etc., I am interested.

Out Of Control is Spirit's worst work imho, the dude can make way better tracks. Cause 4 Concern revisited it few years later (can be found on Drum & Bass Arena Vol. 2, and there is a 2005 repress/re-release of it). Now that is a tune!

We also get a drumfunk, or drumfunk-like track - Dub Wise. I could imagine this thing coming out on Raiden's Voodoo Music imprint nowadays. Still, I prefer their work under the Sonic & Silver moniker.

Yvon Is On is something I would expect from early '00s Total Science. Just a piece of their signature sound, it is really love or hate. Spinback & Q-Project's "first" liquid funk tries in this millenium (Zanzibar, Hen Night, Get It On, etc.) are wonderful. Best thing is that these guys still rock, 11 years later.

Balderdash is a choon I personally like, and afaik the crowds like/liked it too. But I think MIST made better stuff; just check out the How You Make Me Feel/Neptune 12" on 31 Records.

The Teebee track is a filler here, sadly. Same applies to Sex Jive and Sea Of Chaos. Ant Miles just made the most boring track of his career.

Another decent track is Tokyo Life. Has some lovely "oriental" samples, and a good bassline. If you have been delving in jungle and/or drum and bass for decades, this is THE track for you on this LP.

I have never really been into Carlito's trax, so I think it would not be fair to simply call Into Music shit.

I think the BC, TS and the Lemon D track saved this release from the "worst lp ever" title. Don't even think about "blindbuying" it just because you see all the big names in one collection; definitely give a few listens. On the other side, Drum & Bass Arena Vol.2 focuses on quality instead of quantity. It is 3x12" only, and has a wonderful Moving Fusion track, the C4C Remix mentioned above, some standard quality Ed Rush & Optical tune, a Concord Dawn smasher and stuff.



January 23, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

Perhaps, with the exception of a well-mixed and fair enough Bad Company track, and a decent Lemon D excursion, the shittest drum & bass album of all time, stocked back to front with tracks that couldn't even make the grade as filler.