Genres: drum and bass, electronica
LLC 132 W26th Street
New York, NY 10001
May 4 - 11 2002
it just me, or is drum n' bass getting boring? I mean, there's still a
whole bunch of good stuff being put out, but it seems to be getting
outnumbered by all the crappy Goldie and LTJ Bukem
rip-offs out there.
Well then, Plexus is a nice breath of fresh air. Kind of sounding
like a cross between Plaid and pre-"Play" era Moby,
Plexus' self-titled album is a magnificent trip into the more
intelligent side of the tired ol' genre. And while you may be
skeptical at first, believe me - you're in for a treat.
But wait, what's this?
The drums and the bass - they're played live! No doubt this adds
something to the music; the live feel and complex rhythms turn this
into more than a substandard drum and bass album - this is something
Take "Asia Minor," for example. Ethnic chants interwoven
with feet-moving beats and slippery bass lines - if this doesn't get
you moving, chances are nothing will. And then there's "Inner
Space" - a cinematic piece of supercharged acid jazz that
cross-breeds the two styles of Jega and St. Germain.
Even though Plexus is just starting out, they have the makings for
something big - drum and bass that's both insanely danceable and
satisfyingly intelligent. Pick this one up before they become the new Plaid.