Beast of Burden
The sound design is an element
The sound design is an element, the conceptual aspect, the singular aesthetic... the myriad impulses of hardcore funneled through one man's vision of futurity and then realised by some of the most talented producers on the planet. Its a deeply strange record, like an alien artifact, an impossibly black fractal object that oozes organic tendrils. Ahead of its time isnt quite right though - more out of time.
trip hop is like the UK's anticon and that's not an endorsement of anticon...
I've been going back to it quite a lot in the last year, and I think it sounds better as time passes. It doesn't sound as monolithic and layered as Timeless, but it sounds more agile, sinuous and poetic.
Timeless sounds over baked, Parallel Universe is moist.
It's funny how jungle for me was something I was getting little peeks at as a kid - General Levy "Incredible" was probably the first. "Let me be your fantasy". "Original Nuttah" maybe. Then later on "Inner City Life", "Brown Paper Bag" - the more tasteful stuff that seemed like the coolest shit in the world to me at that time.