Various Artists - Broadcite AcetateBroadcite Records
Fourteen cuts tracking vibes and differing yet collective sounds have set an overall tone quite distinctly British, yet fittingly encompasses of these individual acts hereditary roots; spanning genres of jazz, reggae, gospel, Afro, funk, drum & bass, soul and so much in between. This long awaited follow up (the label's this LP) showcases the talented troupe of DJ's, vocalists, MC's and producers birthed out of the now 6 year old club night: Broadcite Basement Sessions. An air of political incorrectness is broached on the smoothly inspirational but almost flippant flow of Leon Williams featured on the Ceramic (aka DJ Magic) produced hi hat sparked and rolling sythn patterned broken track. His big bass line track 'Body Shock' bounces and jumps up with masses of hi hats and drum kit loops, a huge puller for club floors. Magic's third contribution 'Feel The Rush' ably assisted by the blued-eyed Black man Colonel Red is an intelligent broken creation. 'That Touch' (Tempo) hints at seedy bedroom talk with blended minimalist tech house. Contrastingly, Soundbwoy Killer gets tech-twisted with a slightly darker dub element set off by lashing beats and a suitable MC vox sample. Method Unique's bashement club rhythms and popular key synths of 'Superstar' could easily make the UK Top Ten chart. Should that prove to be hampering for anyone's underground charismatic style, two class offerings from up and coming young bucks called Souled; a jazzy tech beat laden 'What Reason Do I Have To Go Back' or the vocally energised soulful house offering 'Waiting' featuring Incognito's Joy Rose are guaranteed to please any discerner of the good groove. Speaking of which, Altered Natives assembly of techy effect inserts, some inspired booming beats and the odd, unmistakable grunts from the late James Brown on 'Tribute' rounds up this session, that is insightful, inclusive, brimming gloriously with optimism and quality (except for a couple of tracks with unnecessary expletives) reflects a part of club land which is all about community, talent and contribution with soul feeling - the UK album market needs more projects like this.
Marcia Carr, 12/07