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- Outside the Box by Skream
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So this job's obviously been set up as dubstep OG Ollie Jones' crack at the big time what with the deluxe packaging (hey, it's called 'Outside the Box' and it comes - in a box!), La Roux dropping by for a brief appearance and the general 'crossover appeal' vibe which permeates the whole thing. I guess his sound wasn't particularly known for its rough edges in the first place but this record's produced to within an inch of its life and sort of ends up giving the impression more of something created more by laboratory boffins following the careful instructions of a reasonably uninspired focus group than any kind of organic musical statement. He has little goes at branching out into hip-hop, electro, old school UK garage, trance, drum 'n' bass and even trip-hop but the more successful tracks are definitely the ones where he sticks to what he knows, despite the fact that the dreaded wobble does pop up a couple of times. So yeah, can't really see this one pleasing his old fans too much or having masses of mainstream appeal but hey, look at the Mercury Music Prize nominees.. They clearly prove I know nothing about music. Oh yeah, I probably should mention that the vinyl set contains four 12"s rather than LPs, there's just the eight tracks on there!
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