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Album Review

Todd Edwards' Nervous Tracks collects eleven tracks from the label's most distinctive producer, offering plenty of evidence (as if any were necessary) how Edwards forged the style that launched Britain's garage and 2-step scene. On highlights like "Guide My Soul," "The Praise," and "So Real," Edwards dices not just the words from split-second vocal tags, but bare syllables, then pours them into a fast-forward mix of pointed beats and cymbal-heavy percussion. The effect is invigorating and contagious, so it's no surprise that when upcoming British garage producers like MJ Cole and Tuff Jam began looking for role models, they emulated Edwards. Even the vocal productions, "Oohhh Baby" by Veda Simpson, and "Tomorrow" by Kim English, are excellent.

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Hip Material and Groundbreaking

This is the first time I really listened to the "2-Step/Garage" style of dance music, and I'm a new fan. Try a few songs on here, you won't be disappointed and you'll find a new, fun genre to explore. Todd Edwards is a good artist to start off with for those who are not familiar with this unique style of dance. Like the name implies, the beats are based on a 2-step rhythm on a 4/4 bar, and there is more emphasis on the organ keys and an irregular beat. Its very catchy and has a "smooth, jazzy" feel to the beats and melodies. Listening to this music makes you picture yourself standing in a hip/fashion district of London, Tokyo, or Seoul with the night-time neons flashing bright, while you stand fresh with some hip clothes and wearing vicious sunglasses. What makes Todd more unique within the genre is his really creative way of "cutting" up the vocals to make them instruments themselves. Its awesome and special. Like on "Main Vibe," the 'chorus' sounds like, "Feeling...feeling, AH ah ah!" Then the 'verse' repeats, "Main vibe...main vibe..." with various other vocal snippets put in the background for added effect. It is its own melody that carries the song. This music is groundbreaking compared to the usual mundane techno of today. Give it a shot.

best ever consistant album ive heard

is this garage?(idk what that is)but sounds exactly like house to me.so for me its the best house album ive ever bought,im always making playlist with house because i never like all the songs to one album,but this one goes perfect together. solid throughout

Biography

Born: December 9, 1972 in Bloomfield, NJ

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though he gets less credit from stateside DJs and producers (at least compared to labelmates like Armand Van Helden), Todd Edwards created an innovative blend of rhythmic, cut-and-paste vocal samples, rubbery basslines, and slapping percussion that helped propel Britain's Sunday clubscene into the genuine cultural phenomenon of speed garage. Based in New Jersey, Edwards began producing for Nervous, the New York house label, during the early '90s. His 1993 "Guide My Soul" single, recorded as the Messenger,...
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