A strange phenomenon with anthemic hard rock bands is that when they begin to mature and branch out into new musical genres, they nearly always choose to embrace both the music and spirituality of the East and India, and Pearl Jam is no exception. Throughout No Code, Eddie Vedder expounds on his moral and spiritual dilemmas; where on previous albums his rage was virtually all-consuming, it is clear on No Code that he has embraced an unspecified religion as a way to ease his troubles. Fortunately, that has coincided with an expansion of the group's musical palette. From the subtle, winding opener, "Sometimes," and the near-prayer of the single, "Who You Are," the band reaches into new territory, working with droning, mantra-like riffs and vocals, layered exotic percussion, and a newfound subtlety. Of course, they haven't left behind hard rock, but like any Pearl Jam record, the heart of No Code doesn't lie in the harder songs, it lies in the slower numbers and the ballads, which give Vedder the best platform for his soul-searching: "Present Tense," "Off He Goes," "In My Tree," and "Around the Bend" equal the group's earlier masterpieces.
Code Orange is an American hardcore punk band that formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. Forever (Roadrunner) throws some interesting surprises that pay off immensely. The majority of the record is solid beat downs and devastating instrumentals. At times the sound is ripping away like a buzz saw, or slowly turning its gears with immense weight. What helps make Forever a solid release though are the odd surprises within it. These surprises take the listener out of that constant crunch and hardcore slam, and present really terrific spins that are way out there. And with everything together, comes one beastly collection of jams.
Whirl-Y-Waves Vol. 1 (1996). Whirl-Y-Waves Vol.1. is the first double CD compilation from Whirl-Y-Gig, compiled and mixed by DJ Monkey Pilot. Featuring a wealth of rare classic tracks, disc one takes you on a journey through a typical whirly club night experience, whilst disc 2 is a collection of ambient, downtempo parachute tracks.
Whirl-Y-Waves Vol. 2 (2000). Following on from the ground breaking Whirl-Y-Waves compilation of ’96, Volume 2- Global Grooves comes closer than ever to capturing that unique whirly vibe. Designed as one continuous listening experience, you can glide effortlessly between the enlivening Hot One and the relaxing Chill Too…
40 Break Beat, Drum'n'Bass & Trip Hop Burners. Compiled by Jake Stephenson.
50 Big Beat, Breakbeat and Hardcore classics - a collection of tracks from the Jumpin' & Pumpin' stables (1990-1995).