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Phenomenon One (Featuring Tenor Fly)

Freestylers on January 04, 2010 00:59

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    Pressure Point updates the Freestylers' sound for 2002. As the follow-up to the band's influential debut We Rock Hard, which sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. alone and saw the group repeatedly tour the States with a 10-piece band, Pressure Point successfully mines two decades of hip-hop and dance music for hip-shaking rhythms and deep, emotion-baring soul. "We didn't want to make a We Rock Hard Pt. 2," says Aston. "Being DJ/producers we're influenced by the music that's happening, especially with dance music because it moves so quickly in England. We wanted to do something in our own distinct style so we used influences that we had hints of on the first album but made it harder and clubbier, and used the [early rave] influences from 1989-91."

    Pressure Point's cohesive cross-genre pollination indeed makes it one of the year's best dance albums. "Get Down Massive" kicks in with two-step rhythms and hyper-speed breaks as Navigator's chatty vocals get the party started right. Reminiscent of Shaggy and Fatboy Slim hanging together on the Ibiza beach, "Weekend Song," the album's first single, is funky pop gone dancehall courtesy of Tenor Fly. "Now Is the Time"'s deep electro and potent sub-bass further demonstrates the Freestylers' versatility--deep, party-rockin', soulful and pop savvy at once. The energetic, "Blowin Ya Brainz," with its old-school rave vibe and block-rockin' beats, gives Prodigy a run for its money. And the addition of vocalists Valerie M (on the soulful groover "Calling") and Petra Jean Philipson (on the soul-rock "Told You So") complement the album's all-over-the-map musical panache. Producer/singer Spanna Banner also brings more dancehall flavor to the mix, toasting on "Signs," the album's reggae finale.

    Release date: Oct 1, 2001

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