15 Songs, 1 Hour 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London label Metalheadz’ founding, in 1994, marked the shift from jungle’s rawness into drum ‘n’ bass’ technical precision. A new era of breakbeat science began with Doc Scott’s inaugural release, “VIP Drums,” which folded syncopated snares like origami; this 15-year anniversary comp traces the label’s evolution across the elegantly pirouetting jazz licks of Alex Reece’s “Pulp Fiction,” the wildly dynamic timbral play of Photek’s “Consciousness,” and the laser-guided movements of D Bridge’s “True Romance.” Comparing Commix’s exhilarating 2007 cut “Be True” with the imprint’s origins affirms that while the sound grew sleeker, the vision never wavered.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London label Metalheadz’ founding, in 1994, marked the shift from jungle’s rawness into drum ‘n’ bass’ technical precision. A new era of breakbeat science began with Doc Scott’s inaugural release, “VIP Drums,” which folded syncopated snares like origami; this 15-year anniversary comp traces the label’s evolution across the elegantly pirouetting jazz licks of Alex Reece’s “Pulp Fiction,” the wildly dynamic timbral play of Photek’s “Consciousness,” and the laser-guided movements of D Bridge’s “True Romance.” Comparing Commix’s exhilarating 2007 cut “Be True” with the imprint’s origins affirms that while the sound grew sleeker, the vision never wavered.

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