Drum 'n' bass from space...this album from UK producer Big Bud is a blinding best-of collection, part of a series of retrospective albums from genre heavyweight Good Looking Records that profiles key artists of this surprisingly diverse scene.

artist:
Big Bud

country of origin:
UK

style(s):
Ambient drum'n'bass, lounge, dub

years active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Producer 07 (2004, Good Looking Records)

Reviewed by Mike G

Drum 'n' bass from space? That's more than a catchy soundbyte; it captures the atmospheric end of the drum 'n' bass genre beautifully.

This album from UK producer Big Bud is a blinding best-of collection, part of a series of retrospective albums from genre heavyweight Good Looking Records that profiles the key artists of this surprisingly diverse scene.

Producer 07 (2004) is sublime, glistening, liquid electronica. These nine tracks hand-picked by the man himself should satisfy fans of both his dancefloor productions and lovers of his more downtempo side. In Big Bud's universe the term drum 'n' bass is a fairly loose one anyway, as only half of the tracks here have the genre's trademark stuttering 160-beats-per-minute drum patterns. The soulful "Runaway" with its occasional stabs of Jamaican vocal shows why dub reggae is the drum 'n' bass DJ's favourite lazy cousin (it's exactly half the tempo, making it easy to beatmix). "Stone Groove" and "Distant Space" are slow, loungey pieces which, like the faster tracks, are wonderfully lush and strongly melodic. Skin a spliff, sit back and fly.

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