Bedrock Breaks Fractured follows the very successful launch by Bedrock Records into the breaks arena, that being the first Bedrock Breaks album mixed and compiled by DJ Hyper. Such is the respect that Hyper has earned; he has been called upon again to deliver a double mixed album that is sure to make a rippling effect on listeners. Hyper has been a consistent presence at the monthly Bedrock night at Heaven, and he has been given his chance to shine again on the Bedrock Breaks imprint.
Disc one begins graciously with the atmospheric strings and luscious beats of Momu’s “Sunsicle”. It’s a case of “Head Down” and thumbs up with Terminalhead’s throbbing baseline stormer while the funky baseline and summer vibes of Spork’s “Freeek Like Me” gives the mix a tempo jolt early into the mix. Royale provide an eye opener with their pleasant remix of “Cous Cous” by Rennie Pilgrem and Uberzone which is followed by a very impressive Stir Fry remix of Oakenfold’s “Starry Eyed Surprise”, a mix that could have been perfected with the exclusion of those cringe fest vocals; the dub is called for. Despite the vocal, the arrangement of the melody is spot on as is the driving baseline. Hyper provides his very own production in “Catnip”, the first of two. A highlight comes deep into the mix with the Principled Dub mix of PMT’s “Insinuendo”, a concoction of creepy melodies, fantastic drum patterns and a subtle vocal sample. The energetic tech-funk mindwarp of the Funkin for Hope in NY Mix of Timo Maas’ “Der Schieber’ concludes disc one.
Jo Morgan’s soothing vocals of PFN’s “Beautiful Day” awakens disc two. There is no need to “Close Your Eyes” with the second track either as Dan F sends us into a deep and dubby journey. We are taken through the sounds of German Electro with Dr. Motte & Westbam in “Sunshine” while the garage like baselines of “Rollin and Controllin” by Silencer ensure us that this disc is going to be a dark and sinister affair with nothing held back. “Poolswinger” by Stisch is defiantely a highlight of the album with its floating aura and its not too obvious, but stunning baseline. Hyper then provides his 2nd production in the mix with “Slapper”, and definitely saves his best late into the piece. Using a flurry of electro sounds, a guitar like base and an alluring vocal sample, he proves that he is just as big a whiz in the studio as he is on the decks. We remain on the guitar sound trip with Evil Nine’s Punk Rocks’ Remix of “Music” by Ils while the rumbling and furious sound waves of “Flying” by Fatliners conclude the Fractured journey.
Many will expect a lot from this Bedrock release, due to the fact that it has the Bedrock name on it, and over the years it has meant a seal of high quality. To put it simply, Bedrock Fractured is a very fun mix, and should be seen as that. It’s mixed well enough, but the track selection is the highlight for me. The mix goes from the blissful atmospheric to the evil rumblings of dark baselines, back and forth, and as such provides exciting thrills during both discs.
Momu - Sunsicle
Terminalhead - Head Down
Kemek The Dope Computer - Let Yourself Go
Semi Detached - Who Da Fuck (False Prophet Mix)
Spork - Freeek Like Me
Stir Fry - Freestyle Flow
Meat Katie & Christian J - Cusp
Uberzone & Rennie Pilgrem - Cous Cous (Royale Mix)
Oakenfold - Starry Eyed Surprise (Stir Fry Vocal)
Hyper - Catnip
PMT - Insinuendo (Principled Dub Mix)
Timo Maas - Der Schieber (Funkin For Hope In New York Mix)
PFN Feat Jo Morgan - Beautiful Day
Dan F - Close Yer Eyez
Soul Of Man - Acid Punch
Dr Motte & Westbam - Sunshine (Westbam Electro Dub)
Silencer - Rollin & Controllin
General Midi - You Will Be Under
Stisch - Poolswinger
Blame - Music Takes You (BLIM Mix)
Hyper - Slapper
Ils - Music (Evil Nine 'Punk Rocks' Mix)
Flatliners Feat Spee - Flying
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