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Commix - Call To Mind as reviewed by dj_m

January 12, 2008
Call To Mind is my pick for best Drum & Bass artist album of 2007. Commix deliver their trademark big bassline dancefloor killers--Be True, Satellite Type 2 (the anthems from the sampler 12") and Strictly--and cover a lot of other bases without overextending themselves. Steve Spacek's vocals shine on How You Gonna Feel, a bittersweet yet upbeat breakup song. Emily's Smile is an endearing track showing the duo's emotional reach. Japanese Electronics is a curious gem that sounds like a ticking toy in a Tokyo anime movie. Techno exerts its influence on Belleview, a quirky lighthearted stepper, and obviously again on the hidden UR remix. On Change, Commix lay down a fat break and bassline and let the Nextmen's braggadocio turntablist scratches do the talking. Burn Out and Call To Mind are pleasing enough mellow mid/downtempo tracks that break up the pace of the record. They even include a House tune, Spectacle. Cop this if you're after an accessible (mostly) Drum & Bass album with solid production and just the right amount of variety.
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PHD - Beneath The Surface / Duality as reviewed by dj_m

October 29, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Both sides are thick atmospheric workouts and captivating from start to finish. Busy shakers & kicks, vintage pads and deep bass with plenty of changeups as you can expect from PHD. Beneath the Surface moves in slow motion with a nice oboe sample while the flip has a slightly tuffer, more off-kilter break and is a bit more in the style of 720.