"Execute" was released in 2001 and it came as the official debut album from the So Solid Crew members Oxide & Neutrino. The year prior they had dropped a mix album of big tunes in their genre, and with this album the Garage MC-producer duo were able to show what exactly they were personally capable of making.
They set the album up with the eponymous one to the collection, a track that gives the listeners and understanding of what exactly the duo are about as they throw down some fresh 2-Step beats and get down to things (in much the way that we would get throughout the rest of the album). It's a nice way to start the thing up and I felt that it was a pretty nice way to ease listeners in if they weren't really into this kind of hardcore Electronica material.
2. "No Good 4 Me"
The pair's second official single, this is a remade version of some classic Breakbeat material from Prodigy and we see just how well they do things as they give a 2-Step twist to things and make an anthem for the type of raw Garage material that would give us the rhymes that would develop into Grime in the coming years and the hardcore bassline that would come into full fruition through into the mid-'00s when Dubstep became what it was when it became mainstream around 2007.
3. "Up Middle Finger"
Here we are given another of the single from the album, a much less successful one than a lot of the cuts they dropped over the years, we see that here they do a little more experimental work as they show what exactly they can do on the production side of things and how they can mess with the breaks in a way that hasn't been seen before. As a song itself, it's not really much or all that impressive, but I can see where some get their liking for it.
4. "Foot 2 Da Floor"
On this one we see that they change things up by going for that 4x4 garage (rather than the 2-Step stuff). With it, we are able to see them tracing back the Garage genre as they get onto the sort of Housey stuff that emerged around 1995 and show how it acted as the foundations to what they do here. It's a nice instrumental piece and keeps the album flowing.
5. "Don't Give A Damn"
They keep things rolling as they move onto this one and we see that Neutrino is joined by MC Harvey (of So Solid) and together they just vibe over the ravey composition that Oxide came up with. The joint goes hard and it really sets up a strong underground club atmosphere here as the two MCs go off in the style that stemmed from Jungle vocalists. It is just the kind of thing you want to get from them (although non-Garage fans are bound to criticise the lyrics).
6. "Setting Da Pace"
We see that on this one we are greeted by a joint that has them getting down to more of the hardcore in-your-face stuff that prevents you from having an sort of break (which you don't really want yet) as they keep it going as if it was a mixed album and throwdown more of the things that keep you engaged. By this point you'll notice Neutrino's recycled rhymes, but this is just what Garage MCing was about at the time so it shouldn't be complained about.
7. "Bound 4 Da Reload"
This was the remix to their first underground single "Casualty". Here we get an updated version of this 'Casualty Theme'-sampling joint, a straight banger of a joint and one that I really can't imagine anyone having any problems with. The track is complete in every way and why exactly people will have been attracted to come listen to this album in the first place. I can't fault a single thing about it and think it's the best they've ever come up with.
8. "Fighting Machine"
Here they get on some more of the 4x4 material and I felt that it was nice to see how well they were able to incorporate it into the mix of things here and ensure that it makes for some more of the type of thing that you won't be able to take yourself away from once it's begun. The sing-a-long lyrics makes it catchy and it makes this a very engaging tune as a result of all this factors to make for another heavy jam on the album.
9. "Remy On Da Floor"
The production on this one is just too hard and it shows that here they aren't messing around (not to say that they were on any other tracks up to this point). We find that here we get an appearance from Megaman and I felt that it was a nice time to see a second guest rhyme comign from him as he shows how he aids things here and makes for another fly raving tune that will keep you excited from the point it begins.
10. "Devil's Nightmare"
The album's final single, it's one that I can't really remember doing too much when it dropped (although it's still a very familiar one with me). We see that here they come out with some more of the experimental stuff as they trial some more things that you wouldn't expect out of them as it seems that they've chosen to take influence from operatic material in order to do this one in places.
11. "Back 2 Da Floor"
On this one we are forced to feel another instrumental piece and one that takes you back to the early Garage days that you will only really have felt if you grew up in the South East of London as the scene developed out of Acid House and Jungle to become what it was by around 1997. This is a fresh cut and one that that shows just how little is required to make a memorable instrumental Garage track.
12. "Nuff of Dem Watch Me"
On this one we see that we are given lots of experimentation coming out of Oxide as he offers one that reworks the vocals of Neutrino and makes them fit in with the ideas he has in his head about how exactly this tune should sound. The tune is a proper bouncy one and its difficult to come out of the bobs that come with such infectious House-y beats. It shows just how much energy they still have in them and that they don't want us to stop feeling this raw stuff.
13. "N Digga Dee"
On this one we see that Neutrino really gets the chance to show off his rhyming talents as Oxide helps him out simply by giving him one of the most grungy piece he can think up and from it we see that the MC flows about all that he's about and what he represents when doing what he does for Garage. This is the sort of thing that you have no real chance of getting out your head once you've heard it through once.
14. "Only Wanna Cos Ure Famous"
On this one the production sounds quite immediate and really forces you to follow-closely to what's going on here and from it we see that they come out with something that was designed more for commercial play (and doesn't sound like it's able to live its full potential as part of the main body of this album). It may sound repetitive to non-fans, but here they keep comign with more of the things that they know listeners will enjoy.
15. "Check Dis"
The album ends on this Asher D-featuring tune and on that I felt really suited as the ender on the record to bring closure to the record as we get more of So Solid's talent to help out here and give listeners a little something extra from the So Solid family in order to bring attention to the main crew's album. The beats are just as good as anywhere else, and Asher D's rhymes act as a nice change to Neutrino's stuff.
This is a straight killer album from Oxide & Neutrino and a must-have for any fan of Garage in the years just prior to its transition period to Grime. There's a lot to like about it, but I can see how some could be put off by Neutrino's tendency to work with rhymes that have already been heard in the main two singles from the thing.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 No Good 4 Me - Oxide & Neutrino/Megaman/Romeo/Lisa Maffia
3 Up Middle Finger
4 Foot 2 Da Floor
5 Don't Give A Damn - Oxide & Neutrino/Harvey
6 Setting Da Pace
7 Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)
8 Fighting Machine - Oxide & Neutrino/Kaish
9 Remy On Da Floor - Oxide & Neutrino/Megaman
10 Devil's Nightmare
11 Back 2 Da Floor
12 Nuff Of Dem Watch Me
13 N Digga Dee
14 Only Wanna Know U Cos Ure Famous
15 Check Dis - Oxide & Neutrino/Asher D
16 VJ Mix
17 Only Wanna Know U Cos Ure Famous
18 Rap Dis (U Can't Stop Dis Shit)