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Album Review

The first release to really approximate a live DJ Rap set, Touching Bass is a double disc, separated into one disc of drum'n'bass and one of breaks. After the pop crossover of her first production album, it's clear Rap's in no danger of hitting the charts with this mix, a set of furious hardstep tracks that starts out with a tech edge (Danny C, Dillinja) and rapidly reaches the sort of tempos not heard outside of specialty rooms since the brief reign of hardcore and gabba during the mid-'90s. Two impossibly driving, minimalist productions by Sonic & Silver bookend the excellent Accidental Heroes track "Even When It Rains," just before Danny C makes the first of several more welcome appearances — he remixes two DJ Rap tracks and co-produces a third, "The Riff." The breaks disc doesn't begin on a good note ("Out There" by DJ Rap and Konverter is weighed down by a weak vocal sample), but for the rest of the set Rap shows as sure a hand with the selection and mixing as she does with drum'n'bass. She grabs tracks from some of the best in the breaks business (Plump DJs, Dylan Rhymes, Phil Kieran, Rennie Pilgrem) and cleverly works in a few nods to her breakbeat past: the Moving Shadow classic "Helicopter Tune" by Deep Blue and "The Stammer" by Raw as F**k (including Aston Harvey, co-producer of her classic "Spiritual Aura").


Born: 1969 in Singapore

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before emerging from the drum'n'bass underground for a major-label recording contract in 1997, DJ Rap was long one of the best mixers in the business, as well as one of jungle's best (if understated) producers. Born Charissa Saverio in Singapore, she spent her childhood living in various exotic locales around the world (her stepfather was a luxury-hotel manager) before settling in Southampton, England, as a teenager. While studying to be a solicitor, Saverio became involved with the British rave...
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