Comply – Review by Nexus 6
Is Electro Music living its best years? Considering the return of legendary producers and imprints such as Debonaire, Cut It Up Def, Egyptian Lover, DJ Unknown, the publishing of astounding albums ( “The Mighty Machine” from Dynamik Bass System on Dominance Electricity for instance), the emerging of a new generation of promising artists on such structures as S.O.M or Black Montanas, the answer is obviously yes!
To complete this delightful report, one of the UK`s Electro Bass pioneers, Phil Klein strikes back under his Bass Junkie fame disguise with the top notch “Comply”, delivering the last part of an amazing trilogy started more than ten years ago with “In Bass No One Hear You Scream”.
Incredible follow up to the 1999 cult “Bass Time Continuum L.P.”, this must have album, the third one to be published on Battle Trax (after Cybernet Systems’ highly recommended “Robot Movement” and Kronos Device’s vital “Qube”), introduces twenty five of Bass Junkie’s best works from the past ten years, gathered together onto 2 generous CDs.
This comprehensive collection of classic high tech material (fifteen tracks including “Deep Bass Matrix”, “Return To Bass”, “The Weirding Module” and “Miami Style” to name) taken from his essential vinyl outputs on Firewire, Electrix Records, Breakin’, Touchin’ Bass, Control Tower, Battle Trax and Tellektro labels, the double pack also features ten unreleased jams ranging from impressive remakes of Man Parrish, The Egyptian Lover and The Unknown DJ’s timeless mayhems (“Hip Hop Be Bop”, “Dance”, “Beatronic”) to vanguard club killers (“Interfearence”, “Comply”, “Infiltrator”, “Electrafluid”…).
In more than 150 minutes playtime of cutting-edge music, homogenous “Comply” serves up the right amount of Bass you would expect from one of the original true creators and most influential figures of the UK electro, alternating uncompromised 808 kicks, heavy beats, old school melodies, Sci Fi bleeps, untouchable vocoded lyrics, matchless retro style, sharped scratches and vintage synthetism.
Grade A to insane “Sub-Mission (Control The Bass)”, ace “Jammin’ The Box” and wicked “Out Of The Unknown”, some of the numerous highlights that you’ll find on Bass Junkie’s latest and ultimate album ever. Thanks God, the man will keep on producing material with his fellow partners The Dexorcist, Sum1else and Scott Weiser under his other monikers, IBM, Kronos Device, Gods Of Technology, Bassing Guild, Middle Men, Motorobot & The Brink so don’t be too sad and play “Comply” loud! Absolutely lethal!