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Album Review

AK1200, America's premiere jungle DJ, definitely concentrated on his mixing during the '90s, only rarely stretching out with a post-production (for Rabbit in the Moon, Dub Pistols, and Cirrus, among others). Finally, in 2002, he issued a production album, Shoot to Kill, and he made up for his lack of experience behind the boards by recruiting a handful of the outstanding drum'n'bass technicians in the world. Any production LP including just one of the following names — Rob Playford, Danny Breaks, Dominic "Dom & Roland" Angus — would deserve a second look for jungle fans. All three appear here, and Playford, arguably the best producer in jungle history, co-produces (with AK) no less than seven of the 12 tracks. Fans looking for next-level breaks, however, may be slightly disappointed; Shoot to Kill is less a productions album than a collaborations album, and space must be made for a parade of intriguing vocalists: Junior Reid, Terra Deva (for the solid single "Fake"), Phife Dawg, and Last Emperor (on "Contact," one of the highlights). Elsewhere, Playford adds a nice early-'90s throwback, "Deja Nu," to his career of great productions. Much better than the usual collection from a mixer-turned-producer, Shoot to Kill is that rare latter-day drum'n'bass album: one that advances the craft while still pulling in potential new converts.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

When Orlando native AK 1200 started his career in electronic music in the late '80s, almost no one in the country had ever heard of it. Nevertheless, the artist managed to carve out an extremely successful career in the realm of underground electronic music while simultaneously introducing countless people to the up-and-coming genre. At this point, he boasts one of the most illustrious careers of anyone in the business. He is not only a DJ, but also a producer, promoter, remixer, magazine publisher,...
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