Nubreed:005 - Lee Burridge

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  • The Nubreed series has undoubtedly been one of the most refreshing compilation series around. Often upstaging the Global Underground series, efforts from Anthony Pappa and Danny Howells, have been shining lights in the barrage of compilations to be released in the last 2 years. The latest effort from Lee Burridge is again, nothing short of pure brilliance. This is perhaps the most difficult Nubreed album yet to pigeonhole in terms of musical style, as it encompasses house, breaks and a hint of progressive in its 148 minutes of bliss. The most appealing thing about this mix is that Lee blends all styles perfectly, producing a fresh sounding and diverse double CD gift from the talented Tyrant resident. CD1 begins with the aptly titled “Mushrooms” by Marshall Jefferson, a smooth and welcoming intro. The CD then flows nicely with lovely use of percussion in Dano’s Dub of “The Slippery Track” by Mood II Swing and then digs deep with “Ceramic”. Photek’s “Glamourama” then greets us with a nicely crafted baseline which comes before “Check it Out” by Blim, which notifies that you have now entered breaks territory. The CD gets tougher with the Meat Katie Mix of Altitude’s “Nightstalker” and the brilliant “Do It” by Mash Up. Tribulation’s “Why Did You Do That?” reassures you that you are listening to something a little special, which is confirmed with Ty Tek’s ground shaking “G Funk”. The CD then ends wonderfully with a touch of Acid House with Strykes Acid Dub mix of “When I Fall In Love” by A:xus. CD2 again begins nicely with “Orange Eyes” and continues to build with “Stickman” by Leroj. We enter a darker shade of house with “Nightstalker” by Mo Shic and Zeidan, two producers from Israel who continue to impress. The Montage Men Dub of “The Signs Alive” by Lypid continues the groove until we meet a highlight of the mix, Aaron Carl’s vicious vocal journey - “Crucified”. A nice groovy baseline crosses our path with “Patricia Never Leaves the House” and “Grab the Rope” by Animated continues the baseline mayhem. And just when you thought the mayhem would end, Rocket’s “Revolution” comes in with what must be one of the baselines of the year – pure madness! Boyd Jarvis’ “Atmos-Fear” is quite simply a stunning piece of work with a pleasant catchy melody. We now go back to breaks with the Yellow Snow mix Rennie Pilgrem & Blim’s “Eskimo”, a trademark Lee Burridge monster. The Golden Dawn Mix of “Presence” is an emotional progressive record and it leaves Plantastic’s “Artifacts” to conclude the Lee Burridge Journey, which it does so successfully as it’s an incredible closing record. There is no doubting that this is one of the top CD mixes of the year, next to John Digweed’s Los Angeles and Danny Howells’ Nocturnal Frequencies 3. It is testament to why Lee Burridge Is rated as one of the most talented DJ’s in the world.