Tuesday, February 26, 2008
If you plan to add only one Drum'n'Bass album to your collection this month, then "Mojo Club presents Rogue Soul" has to be the one of choice, recently released on full-length CD format via german semi-major imprint Edel Records. Hardly enough you see a non-indie label dealing proper underground club music these days, but as this first collaborational album of Michael "Electric Mojo" Sauer and Roland "Syncopix" Bogdahn - both of them have been around in the Drum'n'Bass circuit for ages and earned credits for their solo efforts, mostly fighting under the flag of what is named as Liquid or Soulful Drum'n'Bass - is not only a collection of tracks but a perfectly crafted longplayer that seems to have the potential to not only aim at the regular punter in the clubs but as well at those who enjoy their bit of homelistening from time to time it all makes sense as Edel has the promotional powers to get this one all over the place. Talking music Rogue Soul describe their very own sound as Breakbeat Soul which well fits as you've got proper Drum'n'Bass songs featuring vocalists as Kemo, Ghee Ruben and Luxyca on microphone duties, instrumentals, a track like "Axis Evel" that'll be well appreciated by day one junglists for the obvious reason and in the end a quite progressive, border-breaking piano half-time lick named "Sticky" that'll be loved by all those who stick with the Dubwise science of Amit and the likes of although it works on a different level musically. Defo one of the best albums this year has seen so far, not only when it comes to Drum'n'Bass but electronic dance music in general. Recommended.