Witchman ‎– Heavy Traffic

Deviant Records ‎– dvnt27cd
2 × CD, Compilation


1-1 Mutha Lode 5:12
1-2 Bullethead 8:20
1-3 Heavy Mental 5:55
1-4 Bone Music 7:38
1-5 Amok II 5:27
1-6 Chemical Noir 12:59
1-7 Kada Nostra 5:54
1-8 Light At The Edge 14:07
2-1 Hammerhead 5:45
2-2 Primal Skin 5:23
2-3 Offbeat 10:24
2-4 Arcane Radio 8:07
2-5 Red Demon Loco 9:59
2-6 Offworld (Fire Mix) 10:41
2-7 Hand Of God 9:58
2-8 Destiny 9:43

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(p) & (c) Deviant 1997.

2 disc collection of tracks from several earlier EP's and compilations:

Tracks 1-1, 1-3 and 1-4: from Heavy Mental EP
Tracks 1-2, 1-6 to 1-8: from Nightmare Alley EP
Track 1-5 from from Avantgardism - Drum 'N' Bass
Tracks 2-1 to 2-3 from States Of Mind EP
Track 2-4 from State Of The Nu-Art
Tracks 2-5, 2-7 and 2-8 from Main Vein EP
Track 2-6 from The Shape Of Rage EP

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  • Barcode: 6 08277 00279 8

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DVNT27CD(P) Witchman Heavy Traffic(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Deviant Records DVNT27CD(P) UK 1997 Sell This Version



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January 3, 2015

HEAVY TRAFFIC compiles tracks from Witchman's 12"s and EPs for various labels across two discs, and right from "Mutha Lode," you can hear his love for heavy drum'n'bass, while "Bullethead" starts with a more 4/4 rhythm, though still with the requisite darkness, before switching out to breaks. "Heavy Mental" lets the breaks loose from the get-go for a more hip-hop influenced track, though still full of distortion, and "Bone Music" has some hints of Middle Eastern woodwinds and guitar to augment its moodiness. "Amok II" is dark all the way, with a thrumming energy and almost nothing but percussion. "Chemical Noir," which also appears on Witchman's debut, has an icy eerieness, but here, it extends for nearly 13 minutes, allowing some empty spaces to open up within the track. And the dub house of "Light at the Edge" maintains a haunting drift with some Spanish guitar that appears occasionally, until the track takes a heavier turn halfway through. On the second disc, "Primal Skin" hits hard and deep, with vocals that sound like an altered muezzin, while "Offbeat" is a bass-thick percussive jam with some mystery fruit filling. The vocals on "Arcane Radio" don't add much except an alt-rock swagger, and "Red Demon Loco" brings that home, even as if fades into clicks and beeps, then resurges. The low, slow dub of "Offworld (Fire Mix)" brings in a subdued saxophone for a splash of jazz, before speeding up and turning gritty. "Hand of God" feels a little too unfocused for its long running time, but the album ends on the crackling "Destiny," which lets in the twinkles amongst the reverb effects, though it, again, goes on a bit too long. Traffic is heavy indeed; it's easy to get stuck in it.