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Right so where to begin, probably he biggest most anticipated drum and bass compilation this year.This is the 5th instalment in Andy c's nightlife series. It features tracks from the biggest names in drum and bass including Chase & Staus and Subfocus.It is a double cd and contains an incredible 63 tracks listed.The 1st cd showcases more dancefloor high energy tracks,whilst the 2nd is a bit more deeper and musical.
Right so first up a bit about Andy c .He is the worlds best drum and bass dj and has won pretty much every award for it going,he is in the idj magazine top 100 djs in the world every year which is no easy feat considering how underground the music genre is.He is the owner of Ram records which have brought artists such as Subfocus and Chase and Status through the underground and on to mainstream success.He has been djing since about 1992,and is hands down the best in this scene.What makes Andy stand out is his quick mixing skills and his ability to seamlessly mix old school and new school tracks.He is pretty much responsible for drum and bass being the way it is today,forget about Goldie and Roni Size this is the main man.
So what can you expect from the cd,well its not all upfront new tunes there are older tracks on there as well, it is exactly what you would here from one of his sets in a nightclub.The tune selection is fantastic you get a nice slice of everything so even if you are unfamiliar with drum and bass you will no doubt find a song on here that will appeal to you, and get your head nodding.The mixing as perfect,every single mix is in key and beat-matched perfectly, which is a pretty tough challenge when he is pretty much a vinyl dj.So you are getting the real thing here , no software or beat matching programmes,its just Andy and his bag of records.
Cd 1 is a very nice high energy set, which is great for putting on in the car or as a pre party soundtrack,or doing the housework..... to be honest you can listen to it anywhere it just has so much energy and vibes through the whole cd, there are no lulls or any tracks that i find myself skipping.It is hard to say anything negative about it to be honest,each track is exactly the right amount length to keep you interested.Not to long that you get bored,but also played for a decent amount of time so that you get to hear a decent amount of the song.It is a very good insight into the current state of the drum and bass scene.Stand out tracks for me on cd1 include Chase and Status - No Problem (this will probably be gatecrashing radio 1 in the very near future like their last 3 releases).Sigma -Stronger a very upbeat track with a feel good factor(these boys just had their latest single as single of the week on Radio 1).So as you can see its not all dark and moody music like many people believe.
Cd2 is more of an insight into the deeper side of drum and bass, the tunes you are not going to hear on daytime radio.It is still a very fast paced mix contain some great musical tracks as opposed to just noise. It features a lot of new artists in the scene who are just starting to break through,artists such as Delta Heavy and S.P.Y.The mixing is as tight as you would expect , but is a bit less furious compared to the 1st cd, the tracks are given a bit more time to breathe, as there are a lot of progression tracks, tracks that just keep building and progressing as opposed to being all about the drop.
This release definitely cements Ram Records status as the spearhead label of the scene.I have been listening to both cd's for a while now and am not yet bored.It is just so well put together and very professional.Everything about it from the track selection to the artwork is top notch and they have really pushed the boat out and upped the game with this release.Considering they are an independent label this is very impressive, there is no Ministry of Sound involved or anything, its just these few guys putting out what they believe represents the music scene.
This is a massive improvement on the last cd in the series which whilst still very good just felt it was lacking something.It is probably the best cd to represent the scene, whether you are heavily into drum and bass or you have just heard the odd song here and there i highly recommend you check this monster out.You can pick it up from Amazon for £6.99 which is an absolute bargain for what you are getting .2 cd's covering the whole spectrum of the scene. It is definitely one to buy on site for drum and bass fans, and defiantly worth checking out even if you are not .
Right here we have the Vestax pdx-200,what many believe to be the main rival of the Technics 1210's,so how does it fair up?.The price You would probably be looking at £350 for a single turntable,so it is cheaper then the 1210 but how does it compare? Going on the look and feel of it not very well,it has a really cheap plastic finish to it and the buttons feel very weak and unstable.The platter is very wobbly and has no anti vibration pad underneath it, not a very good start.The motor is pretty noisy not a huge thing as most of the time you will be playing records on it , but it does not install much confidence as it sounds very whiny like it is struggling.Also there is no target light not exactly great when you are mixing in a club and cant see sod all.
So how does it fair when using it,well not good the needle jumps across the record randomly, this maybe due to it having no anti vibration pad and plastic feet,which are non-adjustable. The pitch control is not very good, ive mixed on loads of different turntables but this really was a challenge it is hard to explain how it worked.I move the pitch slider to increase the speed of the record and nothing would happen then all of a sudden it would speed it up to fast,it is like it has a delay.I have used 2 different pairs of these and had the same problem on both sets.I have been told they are unreliable and my friend is constantly replacing fuses.
They appear to be good for scratching though as my mate demonstrated,they looked solid and the needle did not skip,play a record normally however and you will come across countless problems with the needle jumping.Pretty random I know give a beat of a beating and they work fine,try to play them smoothly and they don't work properly.
It has a pointless function on it called the reverse button.This plays the record backwards,why on earth you would need to do this is beyond me,it is just Vestax packing pointless crap into their turntable to make it seem like it has more functions then it's rivals. The pitch option is pretty cool though rather than the 12% + and - the Vestax offers a staggering 50%.Pretty handy if you are mixing different genres of music with variable BPM'S.
They just do not feel right overall almost like a toy that is the only way i can really describe it ,It does not feel sturdy it feels like it will break, and with the needle jumping across the record for no reason it makes it very hard to get into the mix, I was constantly worrying and waiting for the needle to jump,not good as i did not enjoy mixing on them.
Personally I would stick to Technics, yes they are more expensive but it is definitely worth it.The look and feel of these turntables is budget and not what I would expect for the price.The jumping needle is a huge negative, whether your making a demo cd or playing out you do not want the needle jumping no matter what.So my opinion would be to save up and spend that little bit extra and get the Technics
Right then here we have a pair of passive monitors.What passive means is that they are not self powered,you will need an external source to power them.This for me is already off putting as you will need an amp to run them which means more wires more effort and more cost.Thats just my personal opinion.
So first up Behringer is a German company which makes music hardware products.They are pretty cheaply priced products.I am using them for the purpose of producing music.They feel built like tanks,they are pretty stylish looking and look more of a high end monitor as opposed to the budget version.
The main features are
High-resolution, passive 2-way 100-Watt nearfield monitor.
Ultra-linear frequency response from 75 Hz to 21 kHz.
Extremely high-resolution, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter.
Phase-optimized, low-distortion frequency crossover for accurate reproduction.
Delivered as "matched pairs" (Not sure why this is classed as a feature I would pretty much think that getting 2 of the same speaker is the norm?)
They are pretty easy to install just your simple speaker wire running from your amp into the speakers.
So how do they sound?.Well to be honest i am a bit disappointed they sound flat and not what I was hoping for.I no this was the 1st time i had listened to them so though they would need time to wear in etc etc.So 3 months later and...... still flat sounding.The bass is pretty good i will say that for them but the mid and high end frequencies are no where near what i was expecting.I no they are a cheap option but it didn't sound like they were working properly so i thought it may have been my set-up so decided to drag them to a mates house to try them out there.The same thing happened they just sounded weak and flat and where not able to go very lout on either my amp or my friends before they began distorting.This was not really ideal for me as I need to hear all the frequencies clearly.Upon contacting the supplier and bringing up my issues with them i was told it must be where I have them positioned in the room.Only for me to tell them I had spent a whole day toying with positions and they sounded flat wherever they where placed.Then i was told it must be my set-up ,I then explained that my old monitors were fine and that i had also taken them to a mates house and they still sounded weak.So not exactly impressed with the technical helpline.
So would they be good for normal use just to listen to music through,in my opinion no as i found myself turning them up more and more,then it would start distorting, it seemed to be a catch 22 situation,to quiet sounding flat or to loud and distorted.And no amount of playing around with the amp or anything else seemed to change this.
They cost £129.99 and i really wouldn't bother paying that much for them,you can pick up a decent pair of monitors for about £100 now,and they will have already been worn in. so personally I would steer clear and look at what other options are available.
This head unit has given me nothing but problems since i purchased it.Where should i start right well at the moment it is deciding on what cd's it wants to play.Certain cds are put in and spat back out straight away for no reason,im not just talking about copied cd's,even purchased ones.It just ejects them for no reason so i try a different cd and ohh look it likes this one so it decides to play it,then i try to put the original cd in that i wanted on in the 1st place and it spits it out again.
It also seems to decide at what level i should listen to my music at.Sometimes i am allowed to change the volume other times im not.The sometimes it decides to turn the volume up to the max on its own accord,deafening me in the process.Then when i try to turn it down it does not let me , nor will it let me skip track or even turn it off.The buttons just don't respond.
It also decides when it wants to display information.Sometimes the display will work sometimes it wont, it depends what mood it is in.
The head-unit has been replace 3 times and i still have the same problems,in the end i gave up getting it replaced,the head-unit has now been discontinued
Right so that is my list of problems that i am having with it.So are there any good points,well when it works properly it is a great little stereo,it is easy to use and navigate.It is pretty powerful as well and the eq functions on it are pretty good.You get a decent amount of settings to choose from as well as being able to customise it to your own desired tastes.
It has all the standard functions you would expect mp3 playback, am/fm radio,Traffic reports (which i have never used).It has a front loading slot load cd mechanism where the slot is covered by a slide bit of plastic,which when i first purchased i thought was pretty stylish as you can not see the cd slot.Now i don't like it and it feels cheap plus the plastic thing has broken so now instead of it covering the cd slot it covers the display pretty handy!
The head unit was pretty easy to install and has a detachable face.There is no input for a cd changer although there is a direct line to a sub-woofer,which is pretty useless to be honest as the head-unit is not powerful enough to power one.
It seems to get pretty hot pretty quickly as well which may explain a lot of the problems i am having with it.I really would not recommend that anyone buys this,as i am aware it has now been discontinued but please do not purchase it from ebay etc as you will be wasting your money.It was clearly a rushed process designing and testing this machine,as i believe it was one of Sony's 1st mp3 playback head-units so they clearly rushed it to get it out into the market.
This is a professional 2 channel mixer.It is the younger brother of the mighty djm600.But a lot cheaper and if you are only mixing on 2 decks then this is what you want.As far as pioneer go with dj equipment you cant go wrong and they are leading the way with there cdjs and mixers.
So what do you get for parting with your cash,Avery nice solid reliable mixer that will provide everything you need in an un-complicated manner .
So lets have a look at some of the functions,It has the basic pitch shift volume control and hi,mid and low knobs used for cutting out the desired frequencies on the assigned channel.
The Auto Bpm counters
These measure the beats per minute of the tune that is running on that channel,this gives you an indication as whether you will need to speed up or slow down the incoming channel so the bpms are matched and the tune comes in nicely with no clanging.To be honest i don't really use these i go by ear as i have found with mixers in the past they are not very reliable.The few times i have used them with this mixer they seem to be okay and pretty accurate.With this mixer i have found that the bpm counter is more accurate when mixing cds as opposed to vinyl.
3 Band separate channel controllers
These are the 3 knobs you can see on each channel,they allow you to control the low,mid and high range frequencies for that channel this helps you avoid having clashing bass-lines etc that drown each other out.The channels on this mixer are probably the best you will get in this price range.The response time is immediate and the clarity is perfect.They have a very nice feel to them, with some mixers in this price range the knobs are not so hot,they move at the slightest touch or if you accidentally brush them with your hand,the pioneer djm300 ones do not do this which is a massive plus if you are clumsy.
Fader start play
To use this function to its full potential you will need cdjs from the pioneer range.It basically allows you to override the pause button on the cdj and it will automatically bring the tune in for you by increasing the volume at a steady pace.This is a great tool as it allows you to bring all your mixes in smooth as opposed to being brought in all of a sudden and scaring the shit out of everyone as they were not expecting the tune to just come in out of nowhere.
Headphone monitor switching function
These gives you the ability to switch the headphones over from one channel to the next instantly.A huge plus if you need to flip between the two channels.It is not essential but is a very nice little feature that makse life easier .
Overall the unit is built like a tank and i don not have any worries when taking it out and about.It is finished in a very sleek matt black finish and if you have a set of pioneer cdj1000s it all looks very stylish and professional together.It is a tad more expensive then similar 2channel mixers which may put people off.But you are defiantly worth paying out the extra money for this.
Probably the second best mixer i have ever used after the djm600,which is pretty pricey.This is defiantly a great option if you are starting out as it combines the simplicity of a beginners mixer with all the functions you would need as you get better and more experimental with your mixing.
You should not really look to pay any more than £169.99 for this piece of equipment,and you can get a second hand one for about £100 if you really look.
The 1st decent turntable I owned.I had a pair of these about 7/8 years ago and they were my 1st pair of 'proper' turntables.They use a direct drive motor to power them which is a must if you are really trying to do any kind of djing.What i liked most about this turntable was its sturdiness,it has a very solid feel to it.Unlike most turntables in this range you put your hand on the platter and it starts moving but the pd1 did not.This was not my only reason for buying them but it was a big plus as i felt comfortable taking them to various places knowing they could take a knock or to.
The overall look of the turntable is very stylish in my opinion,other turntables in this price range look well a bit cheap with big buttons and a very weak feel to them.this thing feels like it was built to last.I had them for about 2 years and never had any problems with them except replacement cartridges which is standard with any turntable. They held the speed of the vinyl very well.The pitch control was a little on the slow side it would take a while to react after I had moved the pitch control slider.Not a massive problem after you have had a few hours to get used to it. That was probably the only downside to it.It is very easy to take apart and clean.
I have seen that you can pick up a pair of these now for £250,which is a bargain when you compare that to a price of a single Technics 1210 deck which is about £500.They are defiantly worth buying as entry level turntables or if you are looking to just dj as a hobby, then these are probably the best ones in that price range.
What is it.
It is a turntable used for playing records on (remember those).It is primarily used in dj set-ups as part of a pair of turntables with a mixer.It is pretty much the best turntable ever made, it even has a place in the national science museum.So what makes it so great , to start off with it is what is called a direct drive turntable,this means that the platter upon which the record sits is drove by a motor,this gives excellent reliability and hold of the track.Basically once you set it to a speed it is going to stay at that speed, this is great for djing as the last thing you want is a shoddy motor deciding to play the record at whatever speed it fancies.
Okay so yet another turntable in the infamous Technics 12010 series,now what to write.I mean it is simple commonplace for many companies to make a few minor adjustments to a product then re-package it as a new one,so i am guessing we will start with what has changed.
First off the motor is the same as the mk2 version(which i also reviewed go and check it out).This is by no means a bad thing as the motor within the mk2 was pretty much perfect.The build and layout of the turntable are the same, which is pretty much standard on every turntable.So why shell out the extra money for a pair of these,or was this just a cash in from Panasonic(they own Technics) before they ceased producing turntables for good???
What has Changed
First off the paint job is different ohhhh woww i hear you say.But just hole fire as this is the first noticeable change.The mk2 was finished in a high gloss effect.The mk5 is finished in a semi gloss effect,with tiny gold specks mixed in with the paint.In my opinion kind of a pointless thing to do but hey they have to justify that extra money somehow right.Moving on to the pitch control There are now two illuminated sets of numbers showing the pitch balance,and it has two new buttons below the pitch, quartz lock,which will lock the pitch and keep it there no matter what you do to the pitch control slide.The mk2 featured a pitch reset button which was pretty pointless so this is a welcome change on the mk5 version.Moving on to the tone-arm,the base of the tone-arm has an anti skip button ,which is also a big plus as you don't want the needle skidding across the record, not that it did on the mk2s but its nice to have that security.You can now also adjust the brake speed if you simply remove the platter it is labelled underneath,giving you the option as to how quick or slow you wish the turntable to stop.
Ease of use
This is quite a hard review to be honest because it is difficult for me not to repeat what i said in the mk2 review.I mean it is pretty much the same as the mk2 except for the minor changes so , it is very easy to use and now you have a that extra pitch control,it makes it easier to have more control over your records.
So would it be worthwhile shelling out more for a pair of these as opposed to the mk2 version,in short yes.The adjustments although minor definitely make the turntable easier to use and give you a lot more control.The overall feel is the same between the two.Another advantage is that these are new so they will last a long time,some pairs of mk2 can be about 25 years old,so these are definitely easier to get parts and servicing for not that you will need to for a while as they are extremely reliable.
Im pretty certain that if you purchase a pair of these you wont have any concerns for about 10 years maybe more,just don't spill drink on them because that don't help(speaking from personal experience)
They are pricey but as ive told my mates it is worth paying the extra money for these, you essentially get what you get with the mk2 version ,just with a few extra tweeks but they are going to be around for a lot longer,if you shop around you can get them for about £500 a turntable,but as Panasonic have ceased making them they are probably going to get more expensive so dont hang around if you are planning to buy a pair.
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Write so this is a review of Noisias firts artist album.Noisia are a trio of Dutch producers, mainly recognised for their drum and bass tracks but have began dabbling in other areas of underground music,which 9 times out of ten does not work so lets see if they can buck the trend.
The album was released in April 2010 on Vision recordings,Noisias own label.Lets have a quick breakdown of each track as this album kind of jumps about a bit.
The album opens with a very breakbeat sounding track, a simple intro with some heavy beats leaves you wondering what you are going to be in for.The breaks drop out into a subtle but heavy resse bassline,which drops over the breaks that came in on the intro,very minimal sounding but a great start to the track.2 minutes in and the track just starts speeding up getting faster and faster turning into a very nice little slice of drum and bass, before dropping back into the break-beat sound from the start.There is some serious tempo switch in this track.I think it is a great way to start the album off as the track sort of covers a lot of different styles as the album does.I would be undecided as to where to listen to it though as the break-beat bit would not work in a club, but the darkness of it does not really give it much listen-ability.
The second track starts off with eerie strings and a simple but effective drum beat.A female vocal comes in soulfully singing over the intro,it gives you a whole kind of safe feeling like the track is going to be a nice subtle track,then it drops.The baseline used over the drop is a very heavy resse baseline, witch runs throughout the track with the drums chopping and changing,with the vocal being teased in and out very nicely.This is a full on drum and bass track and is defiantly aimed at the dance-floor it has a very high adrenaline feel to it, wouldn't really listen to it anywhere else though as it is very repetitive.
Erm this is a very weird track so it pretty much a skit ( a break between the tracks) it is some sort of broken beat with a weird noise over it,then i t just stops.It does not really work it does not exactly act as a break,sounds more like my stereo is dying a slow death.
4.Split the atom
This track is a break beat style track which kind of sounds like they have fused their drum and bass styles with their break-beat,which is by no means a bad thing.Starts off quite minimal before building into a nice track.The drum hits are huge on this track,they fit perfectly with a nice teasing piano riff and a very hard bass-line. Defiantly not heard anything like this before in this genre of music.The production is top notch and track progresses very nicely with lots of sound effects and synths chopping and changing to give the track a bit of depth.A very nice party style track.Nice and high energy based without being to fast.
This is a nice drum and bass roller quite subtle sounding but it has a nice atmosphere about it due to the strings and subtle bass-line.Does get a bit repetitive and i find myself not really playing this song as it does not do anything for me.It is just kind of dull.It is still very well produced and the sounds come together nicely, but it is to subtle to play on the dance-floor, but not subtle enough to just play at home or in the car.It is defiantly a filler.
Another random minute and a half of weird sounds.More hip hop sounding this time but they are using the same bass-line that they have used in pretty much every track so far.The sound effects however are lush and very eerie,the sort of haunting sounds and melodies you hear queuing for rides at Alton Towers .
A very dark sounding introduction builds into a simple drum and bass break.Drops into a very boring sounding song,a sub bass-line rumbles under the simple breaks with the same bass sound that they have used on every track.I dont like this track but it seems to work on the dancefloor.Very atmospheric sweeps and pads swish by in the background but it is so repetative and does not exactly stand out much from Thursday.I dont feel the track is long enough to have any real progression to it, and it just kind of stops.It is like they got bored of it and just stopped it.
A very heavy drum pattern and some very haunting melodies roll together at the start of this tune before yes you guessed it the distorted Reece bass line comes in.I don't get what all these random 90 second songs are about it is making the album difficult to listen to because i don't really know what is going on with are they songs or what?I guess this is just one big experiment hence the name of the album Split the Atom.
A very funky sounding house track kicks into a broken beat style track.It does not really build up it just sort of starts it sounds okay a lot of funky guitar sounds blend nicely over the breaks and bass-line.The drum patterns change halfway through and it becomes more list-enable.I do like this track as it is very original and the last third of the track is mental,that is the only way to describe it.Making me nob my head with its infectious melodies definably one of the better tracks on the album.
Back to the drum and bass and defiantly the sound they are associated with.A very high adrenaline track,starts off with simple breaks and some nice vocal work courtesy of foreign beggars,before dropping into Noisias trademark heavy drum and bass. Tear-iring bass-lines and chopped up amen breaks make this a definite big dance-floor amen.It teases between the heavy bass and breaks with a simple break and some very cool sound effects.The rapping fits perfect with the track as it slows down into another rap verse before coming back in with the speaker destroying sound.I really like this track as this is what i was expecting from them very high energy based and will get and drum and bass fan dancing around like a loon in no time. Excellently produced,they should defiantly stick to what they do best.
A very funky sounding skit,sounds like someone scanning radio frequencies with a beat in the background.Apart from that i don't really no what to say about it,another weird 60 seconds of music.
A very nice melody and heavy drum hits start this track off,it builds into a nice electro sounding track making me wonder where it is going to go next. Drops out into a very mellow sounding track before a teasing bass-line comes into the bang.A very good song when it gets going more break-beat sounding but the heaviness of everything is what makes this track.It is funky hard and list-enable all at once.The track switches around a lot but it definitely works.I really like this track because of its overall slick production, and it is list enable anywhere at home or on the dance-floor top stuff.
Another track featuring Foreign Beggars.Starts off sounding like a rap track,as Foreign Beggars tear over the heavy beats and bass-lines.The rapping is not that great but it works with the music.It seems a bit like a battle between the rapping and the music.Still quite a good track but it lacks the vibes you would expect from a hip hop track. Defiantly original its quite list-enable but a bit bad bot sounding if that makes sense.A lot of attitude coming off this track due to the flow and style of the rappers along with the dark sounding beats.
One of their biggest tunes to date.Avery simple drum break complimented with their favourite bass-line.Kind of drops out of nowhere no real build up,progresses quite well though but would not be easy to listen to in your house or car as it gets very representative and to be honest it does sound a bit stupid.It is very well produced though none the less.
A strange bit of classical music, has a good atmosphere but does not really fit in with the album a bit random.The melody sounds very familiar but i am not sure where from.
Another minute of randomness.A very heavy drum pattern and some high pitched screeches whistle on,sounds like something from a computer game,You no where you are about to g=fight the final boss.
Starts off very haunting sounding,like something from Nightmare on Elm street,before a cow bell kicks in adding to the whole atmosphere.Builds slowly with random noises and a heavy kick drum before dropping into a very experimental sounding song, it is a bit all over the place arrangement wise.I really have no idea how to describe this track it just sounds like the cookie monster rummaging through a bin.It must have been very hare to produce as it is so complicated,halfway through the track a choir comes in and starts singing,sounds very futuristic,reminds me of the blade-runner soundtrack.I really don't no when or why you would want to listen to this.
Sigma was one of last years biggest drum and bass tracks.Starting off with a very funky guitar melody it builds into a break-beat sounding build up,with fast pace percussion sounds and a very heavy onslaught of sound effects.The drop is just crazy, this is Noisia at their best,a very fast paced high energy track, screeching synths and tearaway bass-lines compliment the fast amens perfectly.It switches into an absolute monster of a track half way thorough with some very heavy kick drums based over a rolling melody.This is defiantly dance-floor based,and it does serious damage,as proved at last years Global Gathering.They need to keep making this kind of stuff and stop with the experiments in my opinion.Does get a bit repetitive if you were to listen to it anywhere than on the dance-floor.
The final song on the album sees them finish on quite a low key track.A break-beat track with that god dam bass-line again.Very boring should have maybe been put on the album earlier not after sigma. It is still quite a clever tune i think they were just showing off what they can do to be honest.It does not have any real listen-ability though.I wouldn't play it out nor would i listen to it at home.
Right it is a bit of a weird album to be honest and not really what i was expecting.A very big let down in some places and the songs i did like i had already heard.I like they way they have tried to experiment with things though,the must frustrating thing is all the silly little 90 seconds of music for no apparant reason.It does not give the album much structure.And they need to stop using that same bassline at different pitches.I find myself putting it on and only listening to a few tracks.There are a few tracks that work for djing and a few that work for just listening to,so that is one good thing it covers both aspects.I would really only recommend it to people who have a very large music pal-latte,and like to hear different things.It has a lot of different genres on it so it comes across as their take on music which is a good thing as it shows they are not afraid to try anything.You can buy it for £6.99 on Amazon.com.I probably would not buy the whole album if i had the chance id just cherry pick 5 or so tracks off of it.
Okay i already wrote a review on the technics 1210,nut that was my first review and consisted of about 3 words of useful information,so lets give it another bash.
What is it.
It is a turntable used for playing records on (remember those).It is primarily used in dj set-ups as part of a pair of turntables with a mixer.It is pretty much the best turntable ever made, it even has a place in the national science museum.So what makes it so great , to start off with it is what is called a direct drive turntable,this means that the platter upon which the record sits is drove by a motor,this gives excellent reliability and hold of the track.Basically once you set it to a speed it is going to stay at that speed, this is great for djing as the last thing you want is a shoddy motor deciding to play the record at whatever speed it fancies.
For that reason alone they are now the industry slandered in any nightclub.The motor holds the platter perfectly where as with other manufacturers the motor is not quite as tight, i no that means nothing to Joe public but it is a must, it is what essentially makes the mix.
Another great thing is that it is unaffected by vibrations,due to having a die-cast aluminium body and rubber base the turntable simple adsorbs the vibrations which is also great,when a heavy bass-line kicks in and shakes the needle and sends it skipping across the record in-front of 1500 people (yes speaking from experience) you will be thankful for this robust build.
The overall feel is very sturdy and no corners are cut in the production,the platter is completely sturdy,the pitch control is smooth and easy to use and lock,The arm is also very sturdy and does not feel like it is about to fall off,as is the case with cheaper alternatives.
I have had a pair of these for longer than i can remember and aside from the light bulb blowing have never had any trouble, and this includes me taking them out and about in clubs etc,they have been on for about 7hrs in 1 night and there was no lag or anything they were perfect the whole night.
Colors available SL-1200MK2: Silver
Type Quartz direct-drive (manual turntables)
Drive Method Direct-Drive
Motor Brushless DC motor
Turntable Platter Aluminum diecast
Diameter 13 5/64" (33.2cm)
Mass 3.74 lbs (1.7 kg)
Turntable Speeds 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm
Variable Range Pitch ±8%, ±16%
So what about the price well they range from £300 for a pair of second hand ones or £450 for a single brand new one.Or if you are feeling really flush get the gold ones they come in at about £700 for one last time i checked.But you really get what you pay for with them.They are quite easy to find on any musician website.There are lots on e bay and my mate picked up a reconditioned pair for £300, he has had em 3yrs with no problems so far.They will take a bit of getting used to if you have used other turntables before these well it did for me.The main reason i decided to purchase them was because everywhere i played out they had them, so i decided to purchase them to get used to them, now every-time i play out it is like mixing at home.
I have seen lots of accessories as-well , you can change the obvious things like slip-matt, cartridge etc..It looks great as well and has been the favourite choice of turntables among the worlds top DJs for the last 25 years so you can not really go wrong.
Negatives i guess the price is a tad hefty but it is most defiantly justified.Ermmmm that is about all i can say really for the negatives, there literally is nothing wrong with this product.
Okay so i have been given this sampler for free,as a friend is clearing out a load of equipment.So i have had a play (much to my neighbours dismay).So lets see what it is all about.
Right first up my mate has had this since 1998,so it is not a new piece of kit we are looking at.I have done a bit of research and found that you can purchase it for £99.99 on ebay.I do not believe they are manufactured any-more so you will not be able to buy a brand new one.
What is it ???
It is a piece of hardware used in music production called a sampler.You basically run sounds through it and play around with them.It has present sounds built in,or you can hook it up to a mono device and record your own sounds.Yes sounds a bit strange but it can bring uniqueness and originality to your music.I chose to sample the sound of two spoons banging together ,yes sounds strange but bet you have never heard that being used in a song.Once the sound is recorded and mapped into the machine you get to play around with it using many different effects and pre-sets to alter the sound.So my two banging spoons can be tightened up and made to sound like a snare :).Once you have it sounding how you like you can put into a sample bank, which is a collection of sounds and then map them to an outboard keyboard and assign triggers to each key.Basically you can assign the different sounds from the sampler to different keys and play out melodies drum patterns etc.Anyway im going a bit off topic here but that is pretty much how i used the machine.
So is this sampler any good??? Well it is quite easy to use,the interface is pretty much based around the lcd screen which lets you no what parts of the machine you are using and what they are doing.Dies not come with the best manual though it is the size of the phone book and does not really contain any tutorials,the best place to look would be production based music forums that's what i ended up doing as i was having problems saving sounds.But as is always the case with this kind of stuff it is all about trial and error.I recommend you buy an scsi card as this seemed to simplify the process of saving samples.It is quite a fast sampler to work with which makes the editing process quicker,not as many options as software based samplers such as kontakt though.What i liked about it was the hands on feel of it i got a sense of control over my samples as the menus and layout are very easy to navigate through.
Features and Specifications
It has alot of filters to play around with and envelopes fir each sound, using alot of effects does seem to slow it down a little though.The 3 bult in fx sounds can be used together which i am enjoying especially to giving drums a bit of weight. It has alot more features then any other sampler in this price range.The time stretch feature is very fun to use,giving you the option to slow down or speed up your samples.
16x oversampling, 16-bit A/D conversion; 4x oversampling, 18-bit D/A conversion; 64-note polyphony;16-part multitimbral, Dynamic Voice Allocation; Dynamic Filters for each sample (HPF, LPF with resonance, BPF, BEF); Mono mode, Portamento
Analog Input: 44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz; Digital input (only when optional AIEB1 I/O expansion board is installed); 48kHz source: 48kHz; 44.1kHz source: 44.1kHz; 32kHz source: 32kHz; 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 undersampling is supported
Loading and saving during play Direct sample audition by SCSI disk (also from CD-ROM)
3 Effect blocks (54 effect types) and 4-Band total EQ
Easy MIDI Recorder/Player Function MIDI realtime record/play (for quick song sketch); Standard MIDI File format-0 imported from MS-DOS format FD
Rear Panel Connectors
STEREO OUTPUT( L/MONO, R); ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT (L, R); Optional hardware slot x 1, SCSI interface (50-pin half pitch x 1) MIDI (IN, OUT,THRU)
2MB standard on-board; 128MB maximum (72-pin SIMM socket x 4)
Panel Play Function 4 control knobs: Assignable MIDI controller for internal sounds and MIDI out; 6 function keys: Assignable MIDI key on for internal sounds and MIDI out
Sampling Time Maximum Sample Length Mono: 32 MB; Stereo: 64MB Maximum Sampling Time 44.1kHz: 6'20", 55125kHz: 50'43"
Weight 6.9 kg
Dimensions (W x D x H) 483 x 403 x 90 mm (19" x 15-5/6" x 3-1/2")
Taken from the phone-book sized manual
Like i said my mate has had this since 1998 i now have it 12 years later and it still works fine,It looks great to apart from the coffee stains on the top.Some of the knobs on the front are a bit unresponsive, but they have always been like that im told.The unit seems a bit fragile and 2 of the knobs have been replaced,i would not want to lug it around to live performances as i do not think it would take much for the unit to become damaged.So personally i would keep it to studio use only.The other concern is that it would be impossible to get replacement parts for the unit now .I have not had the unit crash on me yet.....
As far as customer support goes i have not had to contact them my mate had to once regarding an upgrade and said they were very good and replied back to him within a few days.
Right as i did not pay anything for it i can not really comment on value for money,so would i pay £100 for it? No i wouldn't as it is to limited compared to the software samplers that are reliable to purchase.It is also a pain in the arse deciding where to store it unless you have an equipment rack the,i personally can not see a real use for it as it does not do anything new.I would only recommend you purchase this if you already have a full on hardware set-up,if you already have a software based studio you will find yourself frustrated at buying a pointless piece of equipment, so i would say this has definitely had its day.
So Pendulum bring us their third album.If you are not aware Pendulum are trio of friends from Australia.They consist of two Producers and one dj.They got their first big break in 2002 with the release of their first single 'vault'.It came out on an independent label called 31 records.Over the course of the next 5 years Pendulum went from strength to strength releasing many singles on different labels until they exclusively signed with Breakbeat Kaos.
They became famous all over the globe thanks to their DJ sets and music.After the release of their first album (Hold your colour),Pendulum came into a legal dispute with Breakbeat Kaos and subsequently left.This was after the commercial success of their album and they were then signed to Warner music.After a quiet spell they released a song called Granite which showed them having a more rocky sound to their music.The song was play listed on Radio 1 but did not really do to well sale wise.Then Propane Nightmares was released and they had a top ten hit , and started getting booked for all the major festivals.They have become renowned for their high energy live Drum and Bass sets.Featuring live drummers and singers.The second album In Silico was released and was very well accepted commercially reaching number 4 in the UK album chart.This caused a lot of hate from many Drum and Bass fans as they accused Pendulum of selling out.After touring for nearly a year solid they are back with Immersion, so lets have a listen ......
Wow not what i was expecting a very powerful piece of music starts off the album,it almost sounds like it could have been in the soundtrack from Lord of the rings due to its atmosphere and depth.It gives me the sense that its building up for something special
2.Salt in the wounds
Starts off with the typicall Pendulm synth that they have used in a lot of songs with slowed down beats building up to the main part of the song.Ermmm the drop sounds just like their old song Slam but cut up.Do not get me wrong it is very well produced and very high energy based but it is not exactly very original.They have used pretty much all the same sounds from Slam but have changed the melodies.It does not have much progression to it either and features no vocals.It does work on the dance-floor but i think this song will divide a lot of fans.The drum and bass fans wont like it because it is just like slam,and the commercial fans i cant see liking it as there is no vocals and it does not progress.
The current single play listed on radio 1 and made it to number 4 in the UK singles chart. Typical Pendulum beats are put together with a nice synth and some great vocal work. Defiantly better than the opening track.Everything sits together perfectly.A simple piano and some nice vocal work build the track up into a great little track. Defiantly aimed for their live performances.Very nice to listen to and has the high energy you would expect from Pendulum.
4.Set me on fire
A very Prodigy sounding track.The track starts with a nice little break with a vocal loop before dropping into some crazy sound effects.The main part of the track is Dubstep sounding basically slowed down drum and bass.It has some pitched up reggae style vocals flowing with the sound effects quite nicely.I like the production of the track it is very clean,but the track itself is a bit boring its very slow and does not have al lot going on.I think they are trying to cash in on Chase and Statuses success by making this track they just don't pull it off though.Their sound defiantly suits more fast paced high energy songs as opposed to this.
Starts off with a very rock sounding guitar and just drops out of nowhere into a very nice sounding track.The clever sound effects sit brilliantly with the vocals.This is defiantly what they do best,keeping the song to one genre instead of mashing 2 or 3 genres together.A very epic track in my opinion.Not so much a drum and bass track but still has the energy you would expect form Pendulum.The vocals are great and give the track that edge they defiantly hold this track together and make it what it is.It finishes very acoustic sounding with a nice simple guitar being strummed along to the sound effects of the song.
6.Under the waves
This starts off with a simple break-beat and a nice vocal,starts off very light if that makes sense its refreshing on the ears as there is not lots going on.The drop was not what i was expecting as they use the high pitched synth noise yet again and the vocals disappear.It is a very easy listening track due to its simplicity.It would not work on a dance-floor but it is quite pleasant,i really like it but i am not sure why.Everything just sits together nicely and the sound effects give the tune a nice edge.
A very dark sounding intro kicks off with some heavy breaks and sound effects.It becomes very epic and dark sounding and some nice vocals come in to build up track brilliantly.The drop its very pendulum sounding with the synths but it is angry if that makes sense.The vocals and crashing drums give it another dimension,I'm sitting here bouncing my head as i write this, its great. Defiantly reminiscent of their earlier stuff.It is very well produced and packs a serious punch although a bit repetitive i don't find myself getting bored of it just more bouncing :) The track also features Liam Howett of Prodigy
8.The island - Part 1 Dawn
Starting with a simple hand clap and sound effect the intro is very simple with a teasing sytnth slowly creeping in before it all goes quiet and builds into a very nice break beat track.The synths sit perfectly over the drums and some nice vocal work kicks in almost making it sound like a track deadmau5 has produced. Extremely list-enable .I can see this being the next single,it still has the edgy sound that you would expect from Pendulum just slowed down giving the album a refreshing break.
9.The island -Part 2 Dusk
The intro is exactly the same as part 1 ,but it drops into an absolute monster of a house track.I have never heard anything like this before, but i want to hear more of it.It really is incredible the production and everything is perfect.I can not see any dance music fan not bouncing around to this.Very high energy.It becomes clear why the track has to versions now as this will be the dance floor version,and the other will be used for live performances.It keeps changing and progressing all the time this is defiantly my favourite track so far off the album WOW that is all i can say.
A very dark sounding drum beat and sound effects start off with a scary vocal almost sounds like slipknott.The vocal remains on the intro with the slowed down beats and out of nowhere it drops into a monster of a drum and bass track with trashy guitars.Its a very good track a bit weird to put it aftre a house track but hey.It is very high energy and is aimed at the mosh pit never mind the dance floor.The darkest track I have ever heard from them but that is not a bead thing.
Another house beat sounding intro with some very clever effects.This is defiantly Prodigy influenced that is clear just by listening to the intro.The drop is just head blowing it is like being punched in the face full on drums and vocals kick in out of nowhere and the synths are used very well with teasing basslines and guitar riffs.This is a very good song, it progress well and keeps you wanting more.It does jump about a bit but this is defiantly a High energy based track that was made to get people bouncing.That drop is just phenomenal This is defiantly another favourite,more of this please Pendulum :)
A nice slow vocal starts this track off,and it is needed after the madness of the previous track.A nice guitar teases in with the vocal then again out of nowhere comes the high energy drums and synths,they are getting very good at lulling me into a false sense of security.The drop is quite heavy and again reminiscent of slam but is comes back in with the vocals and gives the track its listen ability which will appeal to the more mainstream audience.A very well produced track as always.I like it it is a drum and bass track but the parts where the vocals come in give it another dimension.Another strong track on the album :)
13.Self vs Self
A very rock sounding intro almost sounds like system of a down with that guitar riff.Drops into a very heavy metal track with crashing drums,None of the high pitched synths or sound effects are in this track.It will defiantly get your adrenaline flowing.When the vocal does kick in it is very angry sounding this is defiantly a heavy rock tune.The only way to describe it is slipknot but you can understand the vocals.Not really my sort of thing but very good and i could defiantly listen to it
Back to the drum and bass, a very typicall Pendulum sounding intro drops into a nice little track.A much more subtle vocal fits brilliantly with a nice piano melody.The beats are quick paced and give the track the high energy feel.Not really sure about this track, it is like they have tried to mix high tempo with low tempo and i dont really like it.And the guy singing it sounds like Phil Collins,so imagine that over drum and bass.It does not really progress much either and becomes repetitive extremely quickly.
The final track starts off with an 80s sounding melody.With a teasing drum roll leaving you wonder where the track will go.The drop features an almost pop sounding beat with also very pop sounding vocals.Not what i was expecting to hear from Pendulum.But it works it is a nice slice of electro pop and a great way to finish the album.
The whole album has a solid sound to it.It does not start off to great but it gets better and better in my opinion.Its great to see them being so diverse and covering so many different types of music.Its pretty heavy going in some places though so i would not advise you to listen to it if you would like to hear something mellow.It was not as monotonous as i was expecting.And the track Island part 2 just blew me away it was so good.I can see this being appealing to anyone who is a fan of their previous stuff not to mention anyone who like their beats fast and furious.It is a refreshing change to see artists coming out of their comfort zones and trying their hand at different things.And when it does happen it does not normally work but Pendulum have managed to buck that trend and have unleashed a great piece of modern music on the world.It is available as CD for £9 from amazon or as an mp3 bundle from pretty much everywhere.I hope you have as much fun listening to it as i did :)
*********** i should point out this is not avliable till may 24th (no i did not download it i have an advance copy :))****************
Right then lets start off with this.A lot of you may be unfamiliar to the name Noisia.First off Noisia are a Drum and Bass Trio made up of three Dutch music Enthusiasts.Their style of drum and bass is very dark and techy sounding.They use very strange methods to attain the sounds they use in their songs.One instance a piece of paper rattling against a bass-bin vent was recorded and used as a baseline.They also use doors slamming and the sound of someone biting into an apple.Very strange but it works,They are pretty much the biggest name in the drum and bass scene right now.
The mix series
Fabriclive is a series of mix cd's that are mixed by various artists from different underground genres,that all play at the legendary London club.Each cd is a different artist mixing a different genre of music, all based on the nights held at the club.If you are into your underground music i highly recommend you got there if you have not already.Its pretty surreal in there it has beds in the middle of the club next to dance-floors for people to ERM chill on lol.
This is the 40th instalment in the series so that shows you that it is quite a successful series.All of the other titles i own in the series are very good and have never disappointed.The cd's are very easy to spot as they come in a metal tin as opposed to a plastic case.This gives a greater deal of protection for the cd which is also a plus.
The cd features 29 tracks which is pretty good value for money.Not all of the tracks are drum and bass,There is a nice little selection of breaks tracks on there to. Breaks or Break-beat music as its called officially is basically slowed down drum and bass.This breaks the cd up nicely as the drum and bass is very dark and heavy sounding and can be to much for some people.Many often just call it noise.When it is actually a complexity of melodies and breaks surgically put together to give the listener something different.
The cd does contain a lot of Noisas own material which i feel lets it down as it looks like more of an artist album as opposed to a showcase of dark drum and bass.Don't get me wrong every track is banging and very well produced but its quite clear they used this to line their own pockets.Basically on mix cd's like this the artist is given and advance to license the track to the album normally £1000.they the get the royalties from the sales aswell.So have a look at how many niosia tracks are on their and work it out .
The cd is very well put together in terms of track selection and arrangement.The mixing is quite standard ,there is no real trickery to the mixes they just blend.So don't expect any great mash ups or anything like the scratch perverts cd in this series.Many of the tracks are now released to buy separately so if you are a fan and notice the tracks on here that you like you can buy the individual tracks.
Some of the stand out tracks include Noisia - Stigma and The tide.Along with great tracks from Spor and Black Sun Empire.Each track does not get played for a great deal of time which is a good thing as the songs are very dance-floor aimed and become very repetitive very quickly.You do get a nice time for each track to give you an idea of what it sounds like.
Overall i thoroughly enjoyed this cd as it fits my taste.I would only recommend it to fans of the genre though so if you are a relative outsider to the drum and bass i would steer clear as you may find it to much.The songs are not very musical they focus mainly on impact and energy.For me its perfect to get me in the mood for a set I'm playing or when I'm going out.It is definitely a representation of the dark side of drum and bass
You can purchase it for £9.99 from amazon but i have seen it for £7.99 in hmv.I would only recommend you buy it if you no what you are buying don't just buy it on the off chance that you might like it .
The Wire is An American crime show.Based on the streets of Baltimore,you introduced to the shady underworld of drugs,gangs and human trafficking,amongst other illegal issues.The plot consists of a task force of police officers undertaking special operations to bring down the big players in the city.
What I like about the whole programme is that rather than be a 1 case episode TV programme, the story developed over the whole series almost making it like a soap.This for me is what will draw you into the show.You will be eagerly waiting the next episode.After series 1 being all about Avon Barksdale and the projects,series 2 kind of switched the plot and came with a completely different storyline.Series 3 however takes over as we are introduced to the Barksdale empire and his struggle to reclaim his streets and keep the police off his back.His partner Stringer Bell however wants them to move into a more legitimate association and concentrate on their real estate projects.This begins to cause conflict between the two.What follows is a vicious drug war between the blood thirsty Barksdale and his enemies as the bodies start to pile up , will the task force be able to get results, with the politicians breathing down their necks demanding results will the be able to provide them ?
Having watched the first two series and thoroughly enjoying them i was eagerly awaiting this series.The series initially starts off quite slow but builds up through each episode and you will get sucked into it more and more as the season progresses.
The season overall is the best one yet as we are introduced to some very new strong characters all who play.This series is really a dark more realistic look at the projects as , one sergeant decides to legalise drugs in a certain part of his district, and you end up with all the rival dealers in one place which is just a disaster waiting to happen.You are introduced to Marlow the new up and coming dealer in the city,and he is absolutely ruthless when it comes to his money and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep what he has.Omar is also back and doing what he does best robbing drug dealers,it all turns nasty when one of his crew is killed by Barksdales people.Leading to more bodies piling up.
What i like about this series is that there is so much going on ,you never no which way it is going to go.There are some truly shocking scenes in this series , but I wont give them away,I will let you see them for yourself so you get the shock and awe factor.
The direction is first class as always ,being shot on location helps this as you get a real feel for the situations.I swear i could probably direct myself around the city after seeing these 3 series.Each episode is well thought out and no corners on cut on anything.The productions is also first class complimented with a great soundtrack.
I would recommend that you watch this if you have already seen and enjoyed the first two series.It is extremely brutal in some places but this is what gives the wire its uniqueness.
It is available to purchase for £14.99,I managed to pick this copy up for £9.99 off Ebay second hand
Stillmatic saw the return of Nas back into the world of hip hop
Nas was born in 1973,from a very early age he was heavily involved in music, his father was Olu Dara who was a jazz musician.From the age of 9 he was involved in rapping having been part of Devastating Seven in the mid 80's.His first album released in 1994 entitled Illmatic still remains one of the all time classic hip hop albums to own.He is described by many as a poet as his rhymes always have a story behind them, not just how big his car is, and how many bitches he has.
Stillmatic was released in 2001 amongst all the publicity of the battle that Nas and Jay-z were involved in, with both rappers verbally attacking each other on songs.The track on this album entitled Ether is a direct diss and Jay-z and Rocafellar records.
Stillmatic starts off with an intro,Where Nas is introducing us to the next chapter of his musical journey.Whilst rapping he is talking about putting the past behind him and basically forget about Illmatic his first album.He also raps about a trouble time in his life and the hard times he went through and what happened in the area he was brought up in.
Ether starts off by saying f**k Jay-z,so its pretty aparrant that right from the off Nas is letting you no what this song is about.The production is pretty slick on this track,it is simple and does not overpower the lyrics.The lyrics themselves are pretty graphic and pretty much run Jay-z into the ground,telling tales of how he used to be when they were growing up.With violent undertones the whole song lays into Jay-z and everything around him.Shots are taken at Jay-z record label,clothing company and rhymes are all dissed in this song ,with excellent flow and vocabulary from Nas.
Got your self a....
This is another slice of hip hop at its best.Starting off with a great beat and deep piano melody, you already no this is going be a dark song.The production is top notch on this track with a banging beat the is complimented by a simple but effective piano melody.The lyrics are aimed at all the people that have been trying to get the better of Nas.He raps about the beef he has with other crew and is basically telling them they are nothing,and that he is announcing his return,and basically telling them to get themselves a gun if they want to take him and his crew on.A very big track that always gets my head nodding.
Smokin is a more of a deeper track.The production is minimal on this track,simple percussion sounds make up the main beat with a simple and very quiet melody in the background.Nas raps about his time in the hood and getting back at his enemies.Talking about his enemies he is asking them what they are smoking, to imply that they are talking rubbish.He also questions loyalty and the realness of his friends,and as to whether they are going to have his back if it goes down.The overall flow of the track is very chilled and is just a nice chilled head nodder.
You're Da man
This starts off with a very epic intro and a Pan pipe sounding melody.The production is very nice again on this track,simple beats roll nicly with the lush strings and sound effects.Nas is rapping about how his enemies have failed to out-do him and take his crown.He talks about all the rappers who try to copy his style and how only he can pull it off whilst they look like clowns.Hence the track name basically saying he is the man and no one can out-do him,so they should get their own style.He speaks of how he overcame all challengers to get to the top of his game,and that now he is there he is not going anywhere.
An extreley clever song about 24hrs in Nas's life told in reverse, it sounds crazy but it works and is a great track.The production is typicall gangster rap style with a ver minimal melody rolling over the beat.Nas tells us of a day in his life in reverse,the raps tell of bullets going back into guns and women going from being undressed to dressed.The flow of the track is very fast and you will need to concentrate to hear the whole story and makes sense of it.A very original song that i think only Nas could pull off.
One mic is a song about struggles through life and hoe people to stand up for what they believe in.The production is very mellow to start off with but gradually builds as Nas's rapping gets more aggressive.The whole tune is stories from different walks of life and the struggles they face, and the crap they put up with.He basically starts telling people to fight for what they believe in and that the time is now to stand up for your self.A very deep track that is all about sending out a message to people.Its all about being triumphant and overcoming all the tests that life throws at you.
Avery funky piece of modern hip hop.The production is very funky and chilled on this track.A very funky bass melody fits perfectly over the simple beats.Nas is rapping about his time as a youth and before he even though about becoming a professional rapper.He tells of his tough childhood and how he was brought up to fear no one.He also talks about his friends and what they went through at the time.Pretty much he is saying that his mates are just fitting the stereotype that they are labelled with. Avery funky track,really chills me out when i listen to it ,and makes me realise that things are not that bad.
Destroy and rebuild
The song is about Nas destroying other rappers at their own game.The production is very big beat and quite funky,very Eminem sounding beat.Nas raps about the fake people that he grew up with.He rhymes about the fake people he grew up with who are all talk and no action.A particular verse aimed at 'mega',really has no boundaries and Nas gets very personal.He also names several other fake people who I'm guessing have done Nas wrong in the past, people who always want something from you but don't offer no love in return. Jealousy and loyalty are questioned in this song.Nas is basically saying no more to these kind of people.Probably my least favourite track on the album so far but it is still very good and i still found many parts of the track that i could relate to.
Flyest Featuring AZ
An epic intro starts this track off with a conversation between Nas and AZ saying they are the fly-est.The production is very old school sounding and simple, with an orchestral sound to it.Nas and Az rap about their duties they feel they have to do , no matter what the consequences and outcomes are.A female vocal chorus sings how they are the fly-est.Nas talks about what he does to achieve his status and money.And from the sounds of it ,it was quite a struggle.He also says about how people can better themselves which will make things better for the people around them.The 2 rappers rhymes are a bit off subject from each other.A very cool track though non the less especially the last verse sees the two rappers finishing each others rhymes.
A very aggresive but experimentl track.This is definatly a party anthem.The production is very dance-floor sounding with quick beats and a very catchy hook that gets stuck in your head.Nas rhymes about being at a party with his crew,and goes through the type of people that are at the party.The song features raps from the brave hearts,and what they do when they are at a party.It is basically saying that a party is not a party unless they are there.The track is definitely another head nodder, and i always find my self turning this track up.Nas is defiantly the show stealer on this track ,his crew members are each giving a turn to rap,but none of them come close to matching Nas lyrically or style wise.
Rule Featuring Amerie
A very nice track which is very deep and melodic sounding.The production is sampled from somewhere im sure, when i find out i will updat the review.Its a simple beat with some very lush sounding strings that go together perfectly.Nas raps about all the problems in the world epically wars.He is basically saying that people need to unite and stop the power hungry few who are causing most of the worlds problem,just so they can have more power.Amerie sings the chorus beautifully and tells everyone that they want to rule the world.Where Nas is saying people should just get along and all unite to make the world a better place.The tracks has a very dreamy feel to it. Nas is not so aggressive with his delivery on this tracks and it goes perfectly with the beat and lush chorus.
My country is a very gangster rap sounding song.The production is very simplistic and sing along.The simple beats are accompanied by a very simple guitar melody.Nas talks about how his country wants to get rid of him.He talks about growing up and having no parents around and why he didn't end up being a doctor.He states that he is going nowhere.He is joined by other rappers on the track talking about how the country has fu***d them over and that they are not going anywhere,they are prepared to stay and fight for what they believe in.I think it is a shot at modern society and the people who believe in social class and that the 'lower class' people do not deserve to live in the country.A very deep song that delivers a message. Defiantly one that you will have to listen to the lyrics to understand the track.Again Nas steals the show but then again he is not going to be outdone on his own album.
What goes around
The last track on the album,starts off with a simple giutar melody and some bongo drums.The production is very heavy on this track with loud crashing beats,with the funky guitar melody teased throughout the track.Nas raps about all the modern day things that he classes as poisen,and how things are aimed at people to bring them down as they become a slave to society.He has a shot at everything throughout the track everything from fast food to pharmicutical companies.He is saying the they will get their comeuppance and that what goes around comes around.The last track off the album kind of leaves you with a messege,wondering how much of modern society is twisted and evil .
Its a pretty deep album,not something you could just put on in the car and bounce around to senselessly.The whole album is about delivering a message.Everything from petty squabbles to full blown wars come under the knife on this album.I do like to listen to it when i am relaxing weird i no but i often just sitting there thinking about a lot of things when i listen to this album.The overall feel of it is quite dark and very gangster sounding.I personally believe anyone who is a fan of hip hop should have this in their collection.If you are not even a slight hip hop fan i would not recommend that you purchase this, or if you are just getting into this kind of music.
The whole album will have your head nodding but its not about party anthems and commercial success for Nas he wants to get a message across and does so very well in this album.Overall i do not really have any tracks that i dislike on this album.I found something in every track to relate to , which helps you become absorbed in the album/
You can purchase this album now for £5 from Amazon and is defiantly worth the money, as you will be buying a piece of hip hop history.If you do like this album and what Nas raps about i urge you to check out his other album, Illmatic.I hop you find this helpful
The difficult second season.So the first series blew me away(see my review),so what has the second series got to offer and can it keep up with the first.
The wire is a series of television shows based in Baltimore.There main emphasis is on a small task force who deal with the main players of the city's criminal underworld.Drug dealers , hit-men etc etc..
After the first series the group where broken up and each went their separate ways.All of them missing out on being in their own little bubble and having to deal with mediocre police work after the huge operation that they were involved in before.Its not until a police chief becomes extremely annoyed with the local dock workers and takes it upon himself to set up a task force to delve into why the dock owner has so much money.
The original task force are crap to say the least, and after his son in law(who was in the original group in series 1),hands him the names of the original group,they are re-united.
Their task the series is to find out exactly what is going on at the docks,this is just through the jealousy of the police chief.The team start to see that all is not what it seems at the docks.Without giving to much away , you are exposed to the shady worlds of drug and human trafficking.
The original drug dealers and criminals are floating about in this series as-well,so just like the first series there is a lot to take in..
So all the original crew are back for the second series taking up the same roles.A few new characters are introduced as-well.I think this was done to take up time to be honest, they cant really explain all the background stories of the characters from the first series again.This kind f annoyed me as a good few episodes were spent focusing on characters I really didn't care for.And some of my favourite and key characters from the first series kind of played back seat to these shoddy new characters.
The whole story completely differentiated from the first series, the police were however trying to use the same techniques from the first series to catch the criminals.Sounds kind of deja-vu.But the storyline is decent enough to keep you involved,and wondering what will happen next.There is more political corruption in this series as opposed to the first one.So the story line is quite a bit deeper.
Excitement wise I was not really sitting on the edge of sit like i was the first series,But it is still good none the less.It is the detail and depth of the story-lines which keep you submersed in the film as opposed to the action.
There are some brutal scenes in this series,which did shock me.There is a lot going on and for a few episodes it becomes a bit over complicated,it does however turn out brilliantly,all albeit suddenly.
So not as great as season 1 , but still better than most of the dribble that is out on t.v.I purchased this series off e bay for £10, but it can be brought brand new for £15 from most DVD retailers.
Highly recommended viewing especially if you have seen the first series,but don't try to out right watch this one without having first seen the first series,you will be extremely confused.
Quite a brief review but I don't want to give to much away