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1 review »I was quite excited to hear this Roots of El-B double 12" pack on Tempa but it got stuck on earlier without my knowing what it was and I thought it sounded a bit Artful Dodger. The first track kind of does, but then these four tracks date from the first couple of years of this century and a bit of perspective does wonders for your ability to appreciate it, both in it's own right and in terms ... »

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Roots of El-B by El-B
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 26 February 2009
I was quite excited to hear this Roots of El-B double 12" pack on Tempa but it got stuck on earlier without my knowing what it was and I thought it sounded a bit Artful Dodger. The first track kind of does, but then these four tracks date from the first couple of years of this century and a bit of perspective does wonders for your ability to appreciate it, both in it's own right and in terms of 'importance'. The latter's easy enough to prove, this is all way ahead of it's time in terms of merging the worlds of garage and drum 'n' bass. As far as enjoying it today after being exposed to countless evolutions and mutations in the intervening years, it's all in the sound he gets. The vocal samples might date it fairly horribly but if you're able to look past those there are wonders to be found in the beats (particularly the lovely, snappy snare sound) and the bass which, when it really kicks in, rivals the deepest rumbles you'll hear at dubstep nights to this day. All the big players in the scene cite El-B as an influence and it isn't hard to see why! Seminal urban transmissions - MORTAL!!!

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