Release date: 30.3.98

Formats:
A fresher compilation Double CD, 2 piece vinyl LP:
The 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.

Transcentral 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 things.
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"

Background:
Some 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.

"Just 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

"...continues 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