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Above And Beyond - Camo & Krooked

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Camo & Krooked / Audio CD released 2010-02-22 at Capital 20

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      10.03.2010 10:39
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      Camo & Krooked's debut album

      "Above and Beyond" was released early in 2010 as Camo & Krooked. The debut album outing for the Austrian pair, here we have them putting out a full album filled with both original and remixed Drum & Bass tracks they've produced. Double-CD, the second disc is a mix of works from various acts to show their DJing credentials, but the creative work is found within the first one where they show what they can do, and how they can build on the works of others.

      1. "You Cry"

      They kick the album off with this one and give you a taste of what to expect on the album with this track. Showing from the get-go that they aren't going for the aggressive approach and tend to come with the Liquid Funk side, this is exactly what we get from them as we get some mellow synth accompanying the typical rolling Breakbeats which keep things rolling nicely through the track.

      **Four Stars**

      2. "Walk on Air"

      As they move things on and take us into this one, we find that here they get a little more exciting with their approach as they don't make it sound as monotonous as Liquid Funk often can be and they keep changing things up and keeping you on your toes throughout. There's a lot to like about what they do here as they show just how well they've come along with composing their music to get the best effects out of it.

      **Four Stars**

      3. "Tonight"

      This one bursts out as a lively one and an attention-grabbing effort that forces you right in to see what the act have to offer. I felt that it was impressive at first, but as it went on it didn't really seem to do as much and so gradually it became decreasingly worth-while getting into. The track would appeal to come, but I felt that it didn't really have any defining features to make it sound anything more than average here.

      **Three Stars**

      4. "Let's Go"

      Opting to switch up the breaks which they use seems to have had a massive effect on the quality of the piece as we find that here we get a big tune and one that forces you to backing into enjoying their music. Using much more sub-bass than you typically expect out of them, it give it much more of a danceable feel than others and I felt that as a result it made it a much better overall recording.

      **Four Stars**

      5. "See Through You"

      With a shaky drumloop through this one, its another that really makes an impression upon you as it stands out and is set apart from what you seem to get elsewhere on the album. I found that it was able, as a result, to maintain the high that had come with the track prior to it and show that they have a lot to offer and are going to come up with lots of interesting concepts further donw the line in the record.

      **Four Stars**

      6. "September" (Remix)

      Here we get a change to things as instead of original music, with this one we find that we get a remix. Here the duo of Camo & Krooked come to remake a track by Future Prophecies and show how they would have done things. Remixing a track that was already done in this style, I felt as though Camo & Krooked made it sound much crisper, although I can't say I thought that it really stood out as one of defining features to the album.

      **Three Stars**

      7. "Terra"

      Here they come out with an intense piece and one that I thought had them going a little bit harder than I would have expected to see out of them at this point through the record. I can't say I thought that I enjoyed it as much as others that we get here as at times it sounded a little clumsy and so syncopation was an issue, and as a result it seemed to pull the album down a little from where we were before.

      **Two Stars**

      8. "The Escape"

      Here we have them trying out more styles to see where else they could potentially move into further into their careers as we have a piece that contains the sharp and crisp kicks and snares, but has the synth turned towards much grungier sounds to see how well it comes together. I, personally, thought that it paid off for them and was a good trail for what they may explore more as they continue on.

      **Four Stars**

      9. "Lost Heaven" (VIP)

      For this one we get them powering-out with more interesting material where they play about even more with where they could be able to take things in the future, and ultimately they opt for a tune which has them really taking it a little too far as the choppy sounds which come out aren't really that engaging and make it a tasks of getting down to an enjoying. For me, it sounded messy and over-the-top.

      **Two Stars**

      10. "Bounce"

      Apparently turning towards Hip Hop at first with what sounds like a sample from 50 Cent's "In Da Club", on it we see that they try to take things back towards the nineties and early 00s Drum and bass style where MCs were more prominent and they have Nemesis on the track to take care of that. I felt at first as though he was used to cover-up weaknesses in the music, but it slowly grew on me.

      **Four Stars**

      11. "Only Me"

      Here we see that they move back towards the kind of thing that set the album off as they get back towards the Liquid Funk and the kind of thing that I can't really say I'm too much of a fan of where Drum and Bass is concerned. Although they may have done a pretty decent job at it earlier down the line, here it's not as nice, and the choppy stuff midway through this one makes it even harder to get down with.

      **Two Stars**

      12. "Just Hold On"

      Here they move on into some more feel-good material and they really mess around with the Breakbeats to see just how distorted they can make the original breaks sound before they lose their flow. I felt that it made for a pretty nice one, and one that I'm sure many would enjoy the sound of as they ensure that it isn't too light and the frequently make alterations to ensure that you aren't bored.

      **Four Stars**

      13. "Dreams"

      The production is all over the place here as they go for some of the more hectic and chaotic breaks that have been heard through the album and it really makes for something that has to be said to be at the top end of what the record has to offer. This one stands out more than almost any other through the thing and has them combining the mellow synth from typical Liquid Funk with the more raw percussion.

      **Four Stars**

      14. "Silence"

      Here we see them bringing the album to a close in a relevant way as we see them dropping something that seems to calm it all down nicely and gently draw you out of the album. It creates great atmosphere, but I can't say that this kind of thing was for me at all and I thought that it was amongst the worst which were packed into the album and it doesn't give too good of a final impression on the listener as a result.

      **One Star**

      Highly-inconsistent, this album isn't one that I expect many to really enjoy all the way through. It seemed as though they tried out an awful lot and they often weren't able to come through effectively and make it sound as strong as I would have hoped of them. As a result of all this it is general average and noting too special for an album in this genre.


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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 You Cry
    2 Walk On Air
    3 Tonight
    4 Lets Go
    5 See Through You
    6 September - Future Prophecies (1)
    7 Terra
    8 Escape, The
    9 Lost Heaven VIP
    10 Bounce - Camo & Krooked/Nemisis
    11 Only
    12 Just Hold On
    13 Dreams
    14 Silence - Camo & Krooked/Nina

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Escape, The/You Got To Know
    2 You Cry
    3 Synthetic
    4 Cigarette Lighter/Toxic - Receptor/Kos & Tenchu
    5 Vision
    6 Mafia - Mutated Forms
    7 Tonight
    8 It Has Begun
    9 Only Me
    10 Terra
    11 Hold On Ruckus Keepers/Stay Focused
    12 Flash To Flash/Life Moves Faster - Receptor/Camo & Krooked
    13 Lets Go
    14 Oh My Dear - DisasZt & Infame
    15 Walk On Air
    16 See Through You
    17 Dreams
    18 Vampires
    19 Lost Heaven VIP
    20 Zoids - Shimon & DisasZt
    21 No More Lies - Kos & Tenchu
    22 September - Future Prophecies (1)
    23 Dakota
    24 Nemesis
    25 Together - DisasZt
    26 Silence

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