Photek Form & Function 2
- Words: Rachel Shimp
- Label: Sanctuary
- XLR8R Rating: 5/10
Nine years after drum & bass producer Rupert Parkes’ first compilation of unreleased tracks follows its sequel, which caves to internet trainspotters by making the dubs of late-’90s jungle edits “One Nation” and “Saturated Hip Hop” available. Good thing, because along with the DJ Die & Clipse remix of the classic Full Cycle track “Thunder,” and Robert Owens’ elegantly vocalized “Things,” they’re the best of a can’t-help-but-seem-dated decade overview. The militaristic aggression on “Deadly Technology” is too heavy-handed for all but the fanatical, and “Industry of Noise” sounds like a cross between Pendulum and Nine Inch Nails. But there’s one bone for those still pissed that ’97 couldn’t last ’til infinity: TeeBee’s remix of “Ni Ten Ichi Ryu.”
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