Various ‎– Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass

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Scorpio Welcome The Drummer (Year 2000 Mix) 9:25
Roni Size & DJ Die 11.55 (Original Mix) 6:53
Scorpio Mellow Song 6:27
DJ Krust* Priorities 7:25
Scorpio Breakbeat Era 6:24
Roni Size & DJ Die Music Box (Original Mix) 5:43
Bill Riley The Chill (Millenium Mix) 7:00
Roni Size, DJ Krust* & DJ Die I Remember 7:03
DJ Die Landslide 7:21
Roni Size & DJ Krust* Destiny 6:57

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FCYLP01, FYCLP01 Various Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass(3x12", Comp, Gat) Full Cycle Records, Full Cycle Records FCYLP01, FYCLP01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FCYMC001 Various Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Full Cycle Records FCYMC001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FCYLP01 Various Music Box L.P(3x12", Promo) Full Cycle Records FCYLP01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FYCCD01 Various Music Box(CD, Comp) Full Cycle Records FYCCD01 UK 1996 Sell This Version

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Shmivan

Shmivan

August 23, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass, 3x12", Comp, Gat, FCYLP01, FYCLP01

Music Box by the early Full Cycle crew is a landmark in history of jungle/dnb; i am yet to hear something quite like it. This is probably the jazziest approach to jungle, both in terms of sample use, and track structures.

Tracks present here are not similar to the Good Looking Records vibe of mid 90's as they are not so reliant on deep atmospherics, rather these tracks are a lot more minimal, but with enough melodic samples to keep them interesting, in most cases. A strange feeling of 'live' music is present on these tracks, with 'The Chill' by Bill Riley going all the way and actually using certain live instrumentation, which, as far as I know, was unheard of at the time.

'Welcome The Drummer' is an amazing opening track, with lush strings and the drop not properly coming in for 4 minutes or so. 'Breakbeat Era' kickstarted the acclaimed project of the same name, and 'Music Box' is just funky. The last 3 tracks are all on the similar tip, rolling along with some very original samples.

The minimalism of this album is perhaps the reason why it never produced any anthems, and is not particularly hailed by the jungle community; in some cases i even feel the tracks would benefit from variation, such as on 'Mellow Song' which, although starting with a gorgeous piano/rhodes sequence sample, then drops into a beat and bassline looped for pretty much the rest of the track.

However the overall jazzy feel of this album is undeniable, it is one of the few jungle/dnb album i can listen through in its entirety. Its a shame Roni and the rest of the crew ended up releasing only dancefloor material (which was however also, up to a point, excellent), this proves the musical heights the Bristol boys are capable of achieving.

Highly recommended.