X-Press 2 - Muzikizum (2002)
Cover Front Album
Artist/Composer X-Press 2
Length 61:26
Format CD
Genre Techno/House/Garage/etc.
Label Columbia Records/Skint Records
Index 50
In Collection Yes
Track List
01 Muzikizum 06:43
02 Supasong 05:05
03 X-Press 2 {Featuring David Byrne} - Lazy 06:58
04 Angel 06:24
05 Palenque 03:55
06 Smoke Machine 07:56
07 X-Press 2 {Featuring Dieter Meier} - I Want You Back 06:14
08 X-Press 2 {Featuring Steve Edwards} - Call That Love 06:03
09 AC/DC 06:39
10 The Ending 05:29
Rating 70%
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
UPC 696998665224
Date of US Release June 18, 2002

The trio of Ashley Beedle and Rocky & Diesel keep much busier than their scattered X-Press 2 discography indicates, but the first long-player from the group - after ten years of productions - gives the impression that practically no time has passed since they were fresh-faced kids. Muzikizum is informed by a slim, spare aesthetic that sounds more 1992 than 2002, evoking simply produced, imperial-sounding tracks from Spooky and Leftfield; in other words, the glory days of progressive house. "Lazy," the single that basically prompted the album, features David Byrne speaking and singing over a barely up-tempo house track that would've been fine in 1993, but sounds positively naked a decade later. "Angel" and "Palenque," a pair of quietly brilliant pieces in the middle, display a production team with the confidence to dismiss any worry about fitting in with the dance mainstream. Aside from Byrne, the other notable collaboration features Yello's Dieter Meier turning in a desperate, whispered vocal over some metallic tribal-house programming. Like most material evocative of a certain place in the distant past, those familiar with the precursors will find the most enjoyment out of it.
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