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Download Britpop at the BBC

by Various Artists
  • Release type: Album
  • Year: 2014
  • Tracks: 58
  • Duration: 211:03
  • Size, Mb: 487.76
  • Bitrate: MP3 320
  • Genre: Pop/Rock, Electronic, International

Review

Released three months after Dillanthology 1, this second volume shifts the spotlight to Jay Dee's remix work, which was frequently as creative as his built-from-scratch output. Hardcore fans who brushed aside the first set cannot afford to do so here; glancing at this (mostly pre-2000) track list might send them scurrying to their many folders of Dilla-related MP3s, only to come up empty in a few cases (like a kicked-back, previously unreleased mix of Artifacts' "The Ultimate"). The only track that does not cut it is the remix of Spacek's "Eve," where Dilla and Frank-N-Dank barrel over the original's dreamy atmosphere, including Steve Spacek's whispery delivery. Otherwise, this is close to essential material, and it strikes a nice balance between slight, sensitive tweaks and instances where Dilla balanced reverence with creative license, as he does with Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" -- a gritty organ jam transformed into levitating Technicolor otherness.

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