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Buy Urbal Beats 2

Various Artists
Urbal Beats 2: A Definitive Guide to Electronic Music
label: uni / polygram tv
released: 05.05.98
our score: 5.0 out of 5.0

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Urban Energy
by: tom reiter

Urbal Beats 2 is the second electronica compilation album brought to you by the people at Urb Music.  It is a double CD, the first being a compilation of newer electronica music, the second is an archive of music that began the current sound in urban music.  Even people who are not really involved in electronica will recognize many of the artists that are featured on the album since the mainstream is now being exposed to this type of music.  Many of the songs are remixes, which is good to see. It contains a wide variety of the different styles of electronica, from rock n' roll influenced to the hip hop influenced.

The first song "Rock The Funky Beat," by Natural Born Chillers, is a good opening track. It is high energy (as is most urban music) and gets you into mood right away; it makes you want to hear more.  It has more of a hip-hop feel to it. The second track, "Treat Infamy," by Rest Assured, is a different style.  It is more of techno/house track.  About a minute into the song, it switches feel.  It slows down and uses a familiar sample, one from the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony."  Then it switches back to the techno style again. DJ Hype then remixes Prodigy's"Smack My Bitch Up."  As his name would imply, the song is given more energy. It has a drum n' bass feel now and is a bit faster.In the fifth track, electronica meets rap when Prodigy remixes Method Man's "Release Yo' Delf."   This is a good demonstration of Prodigy's talent, since they remixed it keeping the hip-hop element.

While Fatboy Slim has their own rock n' roll dance track on the album ("Going Out Of My Mind"), they also remix "Renegade Master" by Wildchild.  This song is a dance/hip-hop track, complete with "Go, go,go, go...." being chanted in the background on the upbeat.

Hive brings yet another style of urban music with their track "Ultrasonic Sound."  This track uses a heavy metal riff laced with drum n'' bass drums.  The result is a hard edged, high energy song.

These tracks are only a sampling of all the goodies that can be found on this album. They show how diverse the world of electronica/urban music has become.  The whole album will keep your energy up and your body movin', therefore making it a kickass party disc.


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If you liked Urbal Beats 2...

Disc 1 Tracklist:
1. Rock The Funky Beat (radio edit) - Natural Born Chillers
2. Treat Infamy (7" main mix) - Rest Assured
3. Smack My Bitch Up (DJ Hype remix) - Prodigy
4. Going Out Of My Head - Fatboy Slim
5. Release Yo' Delf (Prodigy remix) - Method Man
6. Keep Hope Alive (AK1200's wild ride) - The Crystal Method
7. Subfusion - Rabbit In The Moon
8. My Mate Paul - David Holmes
9. Renegaed Master (Fatboy Slim old skool edit) - Wildchild
10. The Freakz - Uberzone
11. B-Boy Stance (cut & paste remix) - The Freestylers 12. City of Groove - DJ Icey
13. Temper, Temper (Grooverider remix) - Goldie
14. Ultrasonic Sound - Hive
15. What Does Your Soul Look Like - DJ Die/DJ Shadow
16. Over - Portishead

Disc 2 Tracklist:
1. Chime - Orbital
2. Cubik (Kings County dub) - 808 State
3. Voodoo Ray - A Guy Called Gerald
4. Clear - Cybotron
5. Mother Earth - Dubtribe
6. Go - Moby
7. Charly - The Prodigy
8. Something Good - Utah Saints
9. Energy Flash - Joey Beltram
10. Salsa Life - Rhythim Is Rhythim