By Kevin Smith
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday December 5, 2002
Future Groove CompilationMute Corporation
Most compilation albums usually end up collecting dust on a shelf because they don't flow like a full-length album and usually only have a few songs that are noteworthy. This collection, however, might actually sound just as good three years from now.
It contains highlights from the UK's Future Groove label that was put together and tweaked by Paul Kan and Paul Pringle, also known as the DJ outfit Desert. Using the label's back catalogue, they mesh track after track into one large drum and bass amoeba. Each song melts into the next pretty flawlessly, creating a comfortable auditory atmosphere.
Featured artists include Kolaborators, Jamez, Oscar G, West London Deep and more. It's hard to tell where specific electronic artists contributed their talents, since DJ culture seems to be pretty communal and ambiguous, so maybe a listener has to be immersed in the culture to fully appreciate all the artists included and their unique talents. As an outside observer of electronic music, however, it's hard to tell what part of what song was part of what original song, because there seem to be about as many remixes as there are opinions in the world. DJ culture, however, seems to be about borrowing from others to create something unique, and here it sounds as if that mission was accomplished.