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|BASS FREQ - TUNER HEAT (NEURODISC)
"Tuner Heat" is a best-of type comp of Bass Freq
tracks as chosen by fans. Neil Case, bass freq
producer, has been working his thumps for over 10
years, and the first track hints at this with its
references to 80s style techno. "Rok Dat Bass" also
features aggressive old school hip-hop touches, as
well. "Kool Hertz" comes off with kewl melodies and
nice electronic and percussive textures; quite the
absorbing number. Very terrific. "Big System" is
definitely rooted in hip-hop, conjuring up massive
headbobbing grooves and computery vocal samples.
"Droppin Hood" boasts deliberately spartan production
and laid back stoned grooves to cruise to. "Kool Whip"
is very oriented on percussive textures and features a
funked out melody line; totally cool. "Chillah B" is
dark and a tad spacey with big mid-tempo grooves and
Thomas Newmanish melody hintings. If you get a ride on
the "Ryde Shaker," you'll hear atmospheric audio via
its psy twinge, with infectious grooves to drive ya
along. And "Neon Knights"hits it with some techno-hop
proceedings, while "Crunkwerk" fuses new wavish melody
into its bassyness and has some nice, lovely textures.
"Bump Chek" fo sho' takes us back to the a couple
decades ago and "Lollapop Drop" heads for smooth jazz
soul soundings. (I dig this one.) "Smooth Roller"
drops in some organic guitarwork with the modern
soul-hop flavor and is another strong track. "Bounce 2
Dis" applies almost trance-ish melodies though without
the trance beat; interesting. We end with "Gig-A-Low
Crunk," which is appropriately hip-hop in attitude.
"Tuner Heat" is a pretty good effort though I don't
think it's quite up to what I'd want from what is a
best-of comp. Nonetheless, bassheads will be pleased
and those of you who just want some nice techno to jam
to will find enough compositional effort here to be
satisfied. Case is smart enough not to hinge all the
entertainment value on big bass; he knows you gotta
have good shiznit atop the beats. -- review by Kristofer Upjohn