fresher compilation Double CD, 2 piece vinyl LP:
CD format consists of two disks, one of which contains full length versions
of each track, plus a bonus CD which puts the tracks into their rightful
context, with a superb full length mix from DJ Addiction. Addictions
pedigree is immaculate, his current work includes a residency at Swerve,
(Fabio's d&b night at the Velvet Rooms), DJing for top agency 'Groove
Connection', recording tracks for Bukem's 'Good Looking Records', and
an imminent release on Fabio's 'Creative Source' label.
Connection II checks the midlands drum & bass scene and brings us bang
up to date, with the strong local scene, emphasising the growing community
of artists, producers and remixers who reside there.
The album features exclusive unreleased tracks from artists whose credentials
were established on the first Transcentral compilation and introduces
a new artist, Organic Synthetic who, we think, is destined for great
The Transcentral series is compiled by James Mitton, (aka Carlito /
Essence of Aura / Guardians of Dalliance). His first Transcentral Connection
album on Moving Shadow did much to focus attention on artists outside
of the M25 cut-off, while the new compilation marks a resurgence of
confidence amongst artists and promoters in the Midlands as well as
a steadily growing scene well away from the London fallout.
Talking about Transcentral Connection II, James commented "Since the
original Transcentral Connection was released, the d&b scene in the
Midlands has seen some improvement; several record shops have opened
and new nights are being promoted. However, the Midland artists as a
whole still need representation, and this album provides an excellent
showcase. I've included two new artists on this compilation, firstly
Organic Synthetic, a Coventry based outfit who offer-up a musical /
jazzy , and secondly, Technical Itch, who doesn't need much introduction,
and although now based in Bristol was once a Brummie, and so agreed
to be part of the venture. His style, on the darker tip, gives the album
a real edge. The return of Spinback & Q Project, DJ Addiction, Neil
Trix, Vext, Future Bound, Guardians of Dalliance and of course Carlito
fills the album with a wide range of contemporary styles, and again
shows that the Midlands has really made its mark on the drum & bass
scene. The only other thing to say is...this album must be played loud"
quotes from press about the previous Transcentral Connection compilation.
"A brilliantly adventurous and highly acclaimed series of compilations.
This is the third instalment of said series and, yup, it too is bloody
amazing. The first outing concentrated on the drum n bass of suburbia,
the second moved out to Suffolk. This time we're taken to the midlands
and a pretty good place this seems too".
Mixmag (9/10), Nov 96.
check the painfully sliding bass in DJ Addictions 'Jazzman', the raw
space-funk of Spinback & Q-Projects '2010' collaboration, or the dark
jazzclash of Tango's 'Fever' and the wide ranging influences at work
in the midlands shine through".
Wax (8/10), October 96
the labels regional d&b public service surveys. Turning their attention
to the Midlands they uncover lesser known gems and mid-table outfits.
Tango's deep space stepper 'Fever' and Q Projects sharp edges provide
instant body hits, whilst the liquid flow of Guardians Dalliance serves
up dub for the headz, Stay tuned".
Update October 96