Expect some serious, straight up dancefloor-driven D&B from this compilation on Criminal. Kicking off with the sounds of Lighterman in "History", this one is full of yearning strings, winding bass and crashing drums. Slowly we move through "Da Lion" and "Innervisions" with its jungle influence and punchy breaks, to Ricky Force's "Konono Riddim" which is an uneasy little number with quirky SFX. Tactical Aspect's "Grey Skies" is another highlight before the fun and funky "Hear Dis" and finally, concluding cut, "Light Speed". All in all, a fun selection.
Pedestrian's work is sporadic and unpredictable to say the least and with only two releases having come out in the last two years, we really never know what to expect from this mysterious producer. He is, however, back on James Zabiela's Born Electric label and joined majestically by a healthy team of remixers who take care of his "Hoyle Road" track! We get the original, of course, a sweet and sultry deep house groover but Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka rapidly transform it into a hefty techno workout reminiscent of the Ostgut Ton sound. FaltyDL dusts the bass off and produces a heavier, dubbier house cut of the original, backed by some rather splendid synth work, whilst SpectraSoul take care of the d&b sway, giving us the track's vocals over some hyper-speed breakbeats and hard-hitting low-ends. Nice lil' package!