Various ‎– Hidden Rooms

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Studio Pressure Jump MK II 5:34
Sounds Of Life (2) A Spice Of Jazz 6:25
Klute Workout 7:04
Motive One Wise Moments 6:59
Klute F.P.O.P. 5:52
Klute Right Or Wrong 7:38
Studio Pressure Relics 6:26
Sounds Of Life (2) Currents (Remix) 6:16
Sounds Of Life (2) Hidden Rooms 6:04
Studio Pressure Relics (Plaid Remix) 7:08
Sounds Of Life (2) Release The Bells (Wax Doctor Remix) 5:57
Studio Pressure Presha III 5:59

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CERT18CD001, CERT 18CD001 Various Hidden Rooms(CD, Comp) Certificate 18, Certificate 18 CERT18CD001, CERT 18CD001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CERT18LP001 Various Hidden Rooms(2xLP, Comp) Certificate 18 CERT18LP001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RTD117.3280.2 Various Hidden Rooms(CD, Comp) Certificate 18 RTD117.3280.2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
RTD 117.3280.2 Various Hidden Rooms(CD, Comp) Certificate 18, Rough Trade RTD 117.3280.2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version

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thelaw84

thelaw84

October 18, 2011
referencing Hidden Rooms, 2xLP, Comp, CERT18LP001
I have no idea why this album is so cheap when you consider you will be paying around £25 for a copy Relics and probably nearly £60 for Jump Mk II. On that basis this album is already a bargain.
If that was not enough there are two excellent amen tunes from Sounds Of Life AKA Source Direct as well as great tracks by Klute (very early work from him) and Motiv One (with Danny C AKA Twisted Anger making up one half).

Do not be put off by there being two tracks a side, it was pretty common back then and the tunes still sound great. Basically; buy this if you don't have it. Even buy it if you own the originals, to save wearing out your precious Jump Mk II 12"
andregurov

andregurov

December 17, 2010
referencing Hidden Rooms, CD, Comp, CERT18CD001, CERT 18CD001

Looking at the roster of acts on this comp, you'd expect it to be held in better regard (Photek and Source Direct under guise contribute 8 of the 12 tracks); this is a solid dnb compilation. Klute's entries are very good: "Workout" comes across as a nu-skool jazz effort featuring vibes and synthesized trumpet blasts, "F.P.O.P." has a driving rhythm and sparse accompaniment that turns simply sublime about 3 minutes in, and "Right Or Wrong" builds gracefully with a catchy vocal sample. Studio Pressure (Rupert Parkes aka Photek), of course, turns in some doozies. "Jump MK II" has a trademark Photek bass sound, "Relics" takes a spin into jazzy house, and "Presha III" gets all Metalheadz-ish. Plaid's remix of "Relics" actually improves on the original, bringing the melody up in the mix with their usual charming and looped harmonies. Sounds of Life show a feathery light touch on "A Spice of Jazz" and a rougher side on "Hidden Rooms" when they go decidedly up-tempo with more aggressive beats (but wisely don't dispense with melody as in much later work!). Wax Doctor's remix of "Release the Bells" tries to straddle the difficult line between airy and dark, and turns out well-enough but seems to be missing something.