Review: Total Science's CIA take a moment for reflection as they look back over the decades of hard service they've done and cherry pick a few old gold favourites. As with previous Select Files collections, the range is widescreen and full of authentic, timeless, honest D&B. You want highlights? You best start going through every track... Everything from Calibre's 2009 snarling bongo-buster "Understand" to some of S.P.Y's earliest cuts such as "Dark Age" and "Magic Hour" and the VIP of Total Science's evergreen ballistic rave weapon "Defcom 69" still hits the spot like they did the first time round. Get selective.
Review: Double decade business: Total Science celebrate their label's big two-oh with an on-point collection of ageless constructs from friends old and new. Naturally, everyone arrives to the party in their sharpest finery; Break's cheeky rave references on the juiced up "Unified", the ugly undertones and system-melting weight of Total Science, Digital & Spirit's incredible "Apply The Pressure", Calibre's cosmic ping-pong jam "The Trot", Nymfo's dreamy harmonic heaven "Game Of Love", The Invaderz swashbuckled drum session "Be Around"... Not one player has tailored a shabby garm, ensuring well-suited jams for decade to come.
Review: Having laid down the jungle law on Renegade Hardware and Program in the past, UK trio Chroma get busy once again on Total Science's CIA... "Outline" rattles with precision shakers that sit perfectly in the mix, driving your hips to do things you didn't think was possible. "Hodrull" is a roof-leaping legend of a cut where demonic reverse bass textures land like Boeings on fast-forward while "Cutthroat" takes a pinch of ragga, a dash of tech and a huge dollop of timeless jungle and slow bakes them at 170 Celsius. Remix-wise Break takes a bite out of Chroma's last CIA outing to ravishing affect. Proper.