The compilation opens with a great cut up intro from DJ A La Fu & ESC, which segues into Gamma's Killer Apps - the first single off the album. Featuring Shadowless this is really the embodiment of what Big Dada are pressing with this comp. It is severely heavy with its digital bass and thumping staccato beat and is produced by Birmingham's Tomz, who also puts in work for the No More Bananas and Bashment Boogie remix tracks.
The CD is simply mixed by the DJ of the moment, 1Xtra's DJ Excalibah. Thankfully he just keeps the mixes simple and lets the music not be outshone by interference. Next up is another remix of Roots Manuva's Dreamy Days, a tune that has been thoroughly rinsed already. Never having been my favourite I didn't see the need for this remix by Lotek and featuring Ricky Rankin, but it is strong enough to be included here. Following this is the first new cut from Ty for sometime. Don't Care is where two styles definitely collide. Ty's relaxed laid back lyrics compete with a modern, energetic and pumping beat, but by the second verse you become used to this mixture and realise this is a proper groove.
Born Again is a Roots Manuva track for which he teams up with Wildflower as he did for the Baptism track off his first LP. The partnership works well and it is a good job that they revived it here. Izwah from Gamma is next in rotation and is the B-side to the current single. On a less hard vibe than their previous offering this is a jump up track as is pointed out by the chorus, 'Put your hands up, stand up, you shoulda listen, now put your hands up, stand up'. All throughout the LP Jamaican inflexions abound especially here with Lord Redeem's deep tones and remarkably Juice Aleem manages to spit in three languages during his verse. Other notable contributions from the Big Dada rosta come from Part 2 and New Flesh. The former giving us a collaboration with Leigh Stevens entitled Life Without You and the latter, their new Lie Low track which is severely catch and has a bassline that is guaranteed to damage sound systems. Life Without You from Part 2 is a more dance and electronica inspired soulful, but yet uptempo groove. Leigh Stevens sings about life without his love and together they offer us something a touch original as with so many of the other tracks.
Infinite Lives, a new Big Dada signee provides two tracks and a quick and mad skit featuring the characters of Barry Convex, Dave Flowers and a Monkey! The first proper track he contributes, No More Bananas has a somewhat off key beat that is all over the place and is filled with disparate individual sound hits. Not often you'll get mention of Paisley underwear in a track is it? Wayne Benett of Lotek, known for his previous production duties for Roots Manuva presents his new project Lotek Hifi and delivers his Fire track. This is probably the track that most leans towards Dancehall, especially because of the chatted lyrics provided by Wayne Paul and Earl J. Ty's second contribution - Shake It Up has the same mis-match of his previous track in that the gentle voice has to battle with a hard big beat and squelchy bass. There are no problems with Ty's tracks, its just that it takes a moment to adjust to this juxtaposition.
New Flesh team up with
Defisis of SFDB's DFXO for what is like the answer track to No More Bananas,
Eat More Fruit. I don't think there is a weak track on here, and other good tunes include
Witness The Swords, a total re-working of Roots Manuva's Witness The Fitness which features the impressive line up of
Bip P and
Skeme providing additional verbals.
Zero Gravity by
New Flesh from their Understanding LP receives the Lotek Relick to create the most relaxing and floaty track of the compilation.