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    LogisticsNow More Than Ever

    Label:Hospital Records – NHS112CD
    2 x CD, Album
    Style:Drum n Bass


    1-01Beatbox Master4:57
    1-02Call Me Back
    VocalsTerri Pace
    1-03Everything Is Illuminated
    Producer [Additional]Landslide
    VocalsMatt Gresham
    1-05Shooting Star5:15
    1-06Follow That Star4:32
    1-07Take Me To The Bridge4:52
    1-08Winter Blues
    Written-ByNat Tarnopol
    1-09Falling For You
    Written-ByNick Gresham
    1-10Every Beat Of The Heart5:10
    1-11City Life4:32
    1-12Haunted By Her Yesterdays
    VocalsAlice Smith
    1-13Cascades Of Colour
    FeaturingThe Ananda Project
    Vocals, Written-ByGaelle Addison*
    Written-ByChris Brann
    2-01Welcome To The Future3:37
    2-02Girl From Mars4:50
    2-03The Divide4:56
    2-04Time To Give It Up
    ScratchesDJ Fu
    2-05Release The Pressure4:52
    2-07Colour Wheel5:13
    2-08Depth Charge4:58
    2-09Red Sky At Night5:16
    2-10Juno Six5:59
    2-11Now More Than Ever5:31



    (P)+(C) Hospital Records Limited 2006.

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    Astronica's avatar
    A two-CD album of any kind is ambitious if nothing else, but to formulate two CDs of drum and bass is something else and must take some doing. And that’s exactly what Matt Gresham (a.k.a. Logistics) has done in this instance, crafting 24 tracks for an ambitious debut album. And after being surprised that no one else had yet reviewed the album, here are my individual assessments of all of the tracks on display.

    CD1: Now

    1. Beatbox Master – After a spacey and futuristic start, I was expecting great things from this track. But once the robotic vocals kick in and get things going this is a solid, mid-paced opening track and nothing more for me. A little disappointing I have to say. (6/10)

    2. Call Me Back – Now this is more like it! I could almost tell from the intro alone that I would like this track and so it proved. The filtered sounds from the intro gradually sharpen as the track breaks into an almost disco-influenced number featuring a soulful and uplifting vocal from Hospital Records regular Terri Pace and string elements to boot, with all of the different aspects of the production working together brilliantly. Those catchy vocal hooks make it a real party track and one to truly brighten up a set whenever it’s played. One of my favourites from this CD. (9/10)

    3. Everything Is Illuminated – One good track follows another. A minute or so in the track breaks down, the “Don’t You Know?” vocal glides in and the machine gun drums spark this track into life. ‘Everything Is Illuminated’ doesn’t really stray from its deep and energetic beginnings and there are no breaks as such to split the track up, but with the vocal filtering in every so often this clubby track doesn’t stagnate. (7/10)

    4. Machine – Another track with a heavy dependence on a vocal sample from Logistics himself, this moody and low-slung track doesn’t really do the business for me. I find it tedious and somewhat formulaic, and again there are no breaks or direction changes in the track to mix it up. One to skip. (5/10)

    5. Shooting Star – There is a subtle funkiness to the bassline on this track that I like, and with the vocal cascading through the sludgey groove throughout it’s quite a deep and mysterious track to listen to, almost atmospheric in some parts. Just over two-and-a-half minutes in, it breaks briefly with a taut and tense interlude before building back up again and continuing on its way. A nice track and a little different to those that it follows. (8/10)

    6. Follow That Star – This is a top, top track from start to finish. The melancholic, haunting piano keys that start the track stay with us to the end as the track is effectively built around them, and some rippling melodies complete what is a gorgeous intro. The bass takes something of a back seat on this track, which has quite a lonely, ‘late-night’ feel to it. Good work! (8/10)

    7. Take Me To The Bridge – I’m not too sure what to make of this track. I love the way Logistics gets the organic, double bass groove working alongside the metronomic beats, but the vocal seems out of place and as with the other tracks on this CD that I don’t like, it’s all a bit formulaic. As I said, nice bassline though. (6/10)

    8. Winter Blues – There is something dark and edgy about this track, from the lurking grooveline to the echoey female vocals that intermittently flash through the layers of sound. Nice! (8/10)

    9. Falling For You – Much like ‘Call Me Back’, I knew I’d like this one from the moment the opening drums got things underway. After the intro its swirling break brings the vocal to the fore and this holds the track together as it gets looped up. (8/10)

    10. Every Beat Of The Heart – At first this sounded as if it was going to mirror the previous track but then it quickly becomes clear that it’s an altogether very different proposition. It’s all about the wobbly, hollow bass on this metronome of a track, but Logistics, by adding some intermittent synths and spacey effects, keeps things interesting. Get this one on a serious soundsystem and it’ll take some stopping! (9/10)

    11. City Life – After the onslaught of the previous track ‘City Life’ offers some respite with a more downtempo, piano-touched sound. Listen out for the very subtle twinkling melodies that tiptoe down every so often to add to the layers of sound. One to listen to when you fancy some downtime. (7/10)

    12. Haunted By Her Yesterdays – (Almost) saving the best for last, for me this is the standout track from this CD. All of the elements, from the sprinkled pianos to the vocals and the gliding atmospherics, are knitted together beautifully on this gorgeous arrangement. The bassline is perfect, not too heavy but at the same time not anonymous, and the layout and pace of the drums has been astutely judged. There is a little break after three minutes or so where a new vocal sample is worked in that I just love. In fact, as you’ve probably guessed, I love everything about this track! D ’N' B perfection. (9/10)

    13. Cascades Of Colour – Enlisting the help of The Ananda Project, back comes the soul vibe on this jazzy late-nighter. The low frequency bassline is given carte blanche to take it to the dancefloor, the beats are rocking and Gaelle Addison’s vocals add the cherry. Sweet! (8/10)

    CD2: More Than Ever

    1. Welcome To The Future – As with ‘Beatbox Master’, Logistics has gone with an intergalactic theme for the opener to CD2. But after the analogue computer key effects start us off, it’s clear that this number has a lot more grunt to it than that track. The beats are heavy and there’s so much low end it’s scary! I like it, a lot! (8/10)

    2. Girl From Mars – It quickly became clear with the previous track that this CD was not going to pull any punches and ‘Girl From Mars’ is a real adrenalin shot. High energy from the off, I really, really love the synths that sweep across this track and once again there are some positively subterranean grooves on show. (8/10)

    3. The Divide – If you’ve skipped tracks, you might have already observed that this track draws some similarities with ‘Depth Charge’; punchy and claustrophobic, it doesn’t let up for a second until the laser pulse dominated break just before the three minute mark. Heavy and uncompromising stuff and with an eerily cool intro. (8/10)

    4. Time To Give It Up – This is another heavy-duty groover with a robotic vocal and cut up with scratches. Not a bad track but at the same time not one I’d listen to a lot in comparison to the rest of the CD or the album as a whole. (6/10)

    5. Release The Pressure – Logistics keeps it heavy with another power bassline track, looped vocal sample and warped, distorted soundscapes. Good but not great. (6/10)

    6. Inhale – ‘Inhale’ is another track with a nice intro which then morphs into a twisted, warped, industrial sounding number. The breaks and vocal samples are as edgy and mysterious as the beats are tough. (7/10)

    7. Colour Wheel – With its suspenseful intro, ‘Colour Wheel’ keeps you guessing as to which direction it’s going to take before breaking down into a deep fathom, bassline dominated track. What’s more, there are all sorts of strange samples in play in the background. An interesting track but without too many changes in tack. (7/10)

    8. Depth Charge – ‘Depth Charge’ sounds dangerous from the moment it starts channelling through the speakers; it’s a powerful, punchy and uncompromising track that keeps on coming at you. The drums are brisk but work overtime to keep pace with the brutal sonic waves generated. A really heavy track and one that I like a lot. (8/10)

    9. Red Sky At Night – This might just be my favourite track on CD2. The cavernous orb of sound that is the intro is the source of much mystery and intrigue, then the beats kick on early and that rumbling, toxic bassline and hazardous synth take on the baton. Heaviness personified but with some purpose and variety too. (9/10)

    10. Juno Six – ‘Juno Six’ is another metronomic subterranean groover, with an unusual dog bark sample that actually works really well (or so I thought at least). The samples aside it’s actually quite a minimal track in terms of sound, but has a lot of energy and drive. (7/10)

    11. Now More Than Ever – A textured, multi-layered production, the album’s title track has the kind of whirring, helicopter bassline that’ll lift the roof off of your house and take anything not fastened to the floor with it at the same time. Needless to say we’re talking dark and heavy with this track, but it has some subtly melodic aspects to it, which the bassline does well to keep in play and not drown out. It even drops some brass and guitar elements into the mix too. (9/10)

    Does Logistics’ ambitiousness pay dividends? I’d say yes. And no. I didn’t rate this album as 5 out of 5 quite simply because, for all the tracks that I did like, there were just as many that I was indifferent about. I liked the contrast between the two CDs, but had Gresham listened through all 24 productions and selected the best 10-12 tracks for the final cut I could quite easily have thought about awarding top marks, although even then that might have been slightly contentious. I can only compare this album to ‘Crash Bang Wallop!’ as I haven’t yet picked up ‘Reality Checkpoint’ but whilst that most recent album has its good and bad points, the strongest tracks such as ‘Warehouse’ and ‘Transporter’ really do stand out as the production craft has become much more refined. Nevertheless, you may disagree with everything I’ve just said, so get hold of a copy and decide for yourself!