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Album Review

The trio of Ashley Beedle and Rocky & Diesel keep much busier than their scattered X-Press 2 discography indicates, but the first long-player from the group — after ten years of productions — gives the impression that practically no time has passed since they were fresh-faced kids. Muzikizum is informed by a slim, spare aesthetic that sounds more 1992 than 2002, evoking simply produced, imperial-sounding tracks from Spooky and Leftfield; in other words, the glory days of progressive house. "Lazy," the breakout single that basically prompted the album, features David Byrne speaking and singing over a barely up-tempo house track that would've been fine in 1993, but sounds positively naked a decade later. "Angel" and "Palenque," a pair of quietly brilliant pieces in the middle, display a production team with the confidence to dismiss any worry about fitting in with the dance mainstream. Aside from Byrne, the other notable collaboration features Yello's Dieter Meier turning in a desperate, whispered vocal over some metallic tribal-house programming. Like most material evocative of a certain place in the distant past, those familiar with the precursors will find the most enjoyment out of it.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

British house trio X-Press 2 comprised former record store manager Ashley Beedle (aka Black Science Orchestra), DJ Diesel, and DJ Rocky (aka Problem Kids). The threesome became involved in electronic music in 1993 while playing in a post-acid house outfit called Ballistic Brothers. Their first hit single, titled "Say What," peaked at number 32 in the U.K. chart in October 1993. In October 2000, X-Press 2 released "AC/DC," followed by "Muzikizum," and "Smoke Machine" in 2001. A year later, the deep...
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Muzikizum, X-Press 2
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Dance, Pop, House
  • Released: Jul 02, 2002
  • Clean

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