A long standing figure in the UK dance underground, Zed Bias has found a home on Exit Records, and this diverse album is a sound as fresh as ever. Featuring numerous collaborations over the 15 tracks, Zed Bias showcases how soul, garage, bass and breakbeat can come together in a coherent and endlessly evolving whole.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 25 October 2017
Here is the 2 step original Zed Bias, still alive and kicking out tunes in 2017. Gotta be honest, had no idea that he was still putting stuff out, but from the gist of what I’ve heard so far from Different Response, it’s definitely a good thing.
Having released countless beat-filled 12”s from 1999 to approx 2008, Dave Jones has had a prolific career that his Discogs profile pic does not do justice to. Lately, he’s been focusing on making full LP albums, this time with a massive supporting cast; every other track features some vocal soothery or production gloss from the likes of Eva Lazarus, Nasrawi and DRS. This one is in full 160bpm UK Bass mode, stealing bits from footwork and dubstep as it goes. Is it his place to encroach on footwork sounds ? Hmm.
It’s sort of like Machinedrum crossed with Bonobo before he sucked, with a bit of DJ Paypal in there. Mostly, it pulls out chuggy tunes like opener ‘Give Up the Ghost’, ‘Lost Souls’ or ‘Dont Play’ (the latter being a bouncing, chill-but-heavy banger), taking the odd time-out to exhibit more smooth feels, as proven by ‘In the Room’ and ‘He Loves Me’ feat Harleigh Blu and some silly lyrics. In fact, most of the ones I thought were chill simply feel more minimal but are in fact just as upbeat as the rest of the album.
As a whole it’s a super energetic record with a good slew of guest appearances, well produced, but with a few appropriative blips. One for the 5am warriors for sure here.
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