I think we've been occasionally vocal about our less-than-positive
take on greatest hits albums. And most of the time, we've
been right in saying that they're a waste of money for fans
of more popular acts. But for the likes of Bass Lo-Ryders,
who is certainly not in the mainstream eye, it's actually
a good idea as it puts a lot of their best tracks all in one
package, painting an excellent portrait of the act.
Referred to as Electro Bass, Bass Lo-Ryder's style
is all about thunderous undertone of bass beats, layered with
crisp high-end electronica. But rather falling into tedious
oversynthed stereotypes, Bass Lo-Ryder does infuse
a lot of outside influences to give each track a certain flavor
or feel. There certainly are strong jazz and funk influences
and from time to time you'll even hear more South Florida
and Reggae mannerisms in their tracks.
Having already reviewed Ryder
Style, a number of these tracks were already familiar
to me. But that's not really a problem as the tracks featured
here were easily the best ones from that album. Having another
CD with the excellent Take A Low Ride is absolutely
of no problem to me as it's a wonderfully playful song, heavy
with bass and jazz influence. Also from that album is Speakerblower,
All Your Bass Are Belong To Us, Caught In A Bass
Trap, and Our God In A Way Is Bass. Each of these
tracks represents the original album while providing a sizable
range of styles.
Nyte Ryders features five tracks from the 1999 release,
Strictly For Da Bassheadz. The opening track of the
album, Come Wit It Mon is heavy with Reggae tone and
feels as though it would fit well in the soundtrack from Grand
Theft Auto 3 (if you've heard the Reggae channel, you
know what I mean). With the heavy funk feel of Summer Beats
it's obvious that the original album wasn't single minded
in influence. Boomin DA Bass Bins is a solid track
that thumps at the listener, showing signs of 80's era rap
in it's presentation. Boom Attack is certainly a pounding
track with more of the Reggae influence. Funky Breaks
plays like a signature track, showing off all the deep tone
progressions that Bass Lo-Ryders has in their repertoire.
From the 2000 release Lo Bouncing Bass are five more
tracks, including the awesome Aphrodisiac, which features
a lot of high energy and feels ripped straight out of the
soundtrack of Jet Set Radio
Future. 10 PM is high energy house techno layers
over some speedy deep bass. The Beat Kicks and I Start
Rockin' is a solid house techno track that is good on
it's own but next to some of these other tracks doesn't seem
nearly as good. Interface shows some more timid elements
to it's presentation and even feels a good bit laid back.
The Perfect Beat certainly gives the listener a taste
of a more rock influenced feel to the music.
In terms of Neurodisc's catalog of heavy-bass electronica
acts, Bass Lo-Ryders is probably the most interesting,
offering a great range of influences in their works. This
"best of" is certainly an excellent offering that people interested
in the genre should certainly check out.
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