Review: Basement Phil's Basement imprints proudly drop their first release in the form of a remix compilation - a rather unexpected format but nonetheless enticing! This is a 26-track monster release by Phillip Wells aka Basement Phil who put out some of the most forward-thinking hardcore and jungle back in the early 90's when all of this fuss began! As the title implies, the compilation is a retrospective of sorts, where tracks from the golden era of UK rave are reworked and rebooted, placed next to contemporary sounds form the hardcore continuum. If you're a love rof the jungle variety then this is definitely worth a listen - essential!
Feed Me Bass (Neil Mac & AMC mix) - (5:36) 178 BPM
For The Night - (6:15) 170 BPM
Ghost - (6:11) 167 BPM
Higher (remix) - (5:33) 175 BPM
No No No (Jonny vs AM mix) - (5:09) 60 BPM
Spirit Of Africa - (5:57) 57 BPM
Spirit Of The Shadow - (5:41) 59 BPM
Stagger - (5:50) 178 BPM
Back To The Headz PT2 - (5:25) 58 BPM
Dry My Pillow - (4:15) 140 BPM
Review: Rewind to 2003: Shadow Cartel crept out of Basement's historic shadows at a time when drum & bass had experienced its first chart exposure and been through one of its darkest phases yet. Jump-up was a spotty adolescent, liquid was flowing from every crevice and Bad Company were in their final throes of scene domination. In a nutshell; an interesting time of flux for the genre that's captured here across the 13 remastered and slightly updated tracks. Moments like hurly burly drum shuffles of the title track "Feed Me Bass", the eerie vocal textures and sudden switch on "Ghost" and lush loose drummed rattles and funk of "Spirit Of The Shadow" are stand-out but the whole album is an insightful trip into a scene that had barely turned 10 at the time.