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OdysseyExpressions / Ritual

Label:720 Degrees – 720 002
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass



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© 1997 Good Looking Records ℗ 1997 Good Looking Records

Both sides 164 bpm.
Pressed at MPO, Averton.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): 720 002 A1 MPO Stu.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA runout, etched): 720 002 B1 MPO

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Expressions / Ritual (12", 45 RPM, Promo)720 Degrees720 002UK1997
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Expressions / Ritual (12", 45 RPM, White Label)720 Degrees720 002UK1997


Mobility's avatar
Edited 3 months ago
Remember hearing Expressions for the first time back in '97 on Logical Progression pt. 2. The beautiful arpeggio immediately pulled me in. And then that breakdown... Pure bliss. Not long after I picked up two decks of my own. This 12" was the first one I picked up, along with So Long by Seba and Lotek (not a bad haul, if I may say so). Didn't expect the AA side to be as good, but Ritual, while totally different, is just that! This is still one of my prized possessions. Both tunes still sounds so fresh today.
RossBrewer's avatar
Not much I can add here that won't have already been covered more eloquently and passionately by Cakes review below, but I still feel compelled to add to the love for this release as it is incredibly special.

When I first picked this up I definitely didn't fully appreciate it's greatness and I'm sure I'll still feel the same years down the line. Both tracks astound me every time I play them, so much so that mixing them in/out of others almost feels like a disservice as every second of both tracks deserves your full attention.

Top marks for everything on this piece of wax, the level of detail is vast and the pressing is dank. These tracks still sound like they've arrived from the future and I feel that will be the case for the foreseeable. Can't recommend enough.
Stereochemistry's avatar
Ritual is one of the most unique and deep records I own. There's really nothing I could compare it with. 100%
Sam9001's avatar
This whole label is a pioneer in atmospheric DnB. Almost every release is ahead of it's time.
BentheDJ's avatar
Mate its a fuckin corker. I always thought this was Bukem
Cakes's avatar
Edited 17 years ago
This is the kind of record that people would trade their firstborn for. It's easily the seminal release on 720 if not one of the greatest of all time for the genre. On Expressions Odyssey not only set the tone for the label but he set the benchmark for quality and innovation. The interplay between the arpeggio and the chords is of the highest arrangement. The mix down is flawless. The weight of the percussion is perfect. The atmosphere is thick. You MUST hear this tune live to appreciate the subtlety of every little detail down to the tambourine work. THEN, as if the a-side is not enough Odyssey slips in “Ritual”, one of the freshest tribal drum and bass tunes I've ever heard, on the b-side. Deep Blue was so taken he remixed it for the flip of Odyssey's Object. Again, the vibe is so thick on "Ritual" that if you close your eyes and listen you can feel the humidity of the rainforest floor. It is a complete shame that drum and bass of this class and caliber would not be picked up by a drum and bass distributor in the year 2005.