Boomkat Product Review:
Look back at our archive of reviews for releases on the Burial Mix label and you'll probably realise that we've always had a reverential approach to what these people do.
The credentials are all there : the godlike production talents of mark ernestus and moritz von oswald have already set the world ablaze once, twice, three, four times with the seminal work as Basic Channel and the splintering into microscopic, heavyweight offshoots by way of the M series (Maurizio on proud display), Main Street (Chicago rhythms floating into dub), Chain Reaction (reduced, spacious techno blueprints), Rhythm and Sound (largely instrumental dub coloured mountains of space) and, of course, Burial Mix (vocalists brought forth, reggae re-invented). It's hard to over-emphasise just how important this music has been to us personally over the last 15 years and, for that matter, just how substantial the impact of the Basic Channel model has been on everything that has taken place in electronic music since.
This is, in fact, the second Burial Mix compilation, the first "showcase" concentrating on the label's collaborations with Paul St Hilaire, aka Tikiman, for its opening set of releases. This second installment divides itself into Vocal and Instrumental "Versions" (the "Versions" are collected seperately on a second LP), displaying the last seven releases in their entirety, plus the newer "Mash Down Babylon" (a new take on the awesome, rare as hell "March Down Babylon"), and features a quite simply breathtaking collection of tracks that in their time have all been singles of the week for us here. Just thinking of the majestic exuberance of "King in My Empire", or the breathtaking midnight spaciousness of "Making History" brings goosebumps to this already seasoned listener, and that's just an opening gambit.
The vocalists on offer here are : Cornel Campbell, Paul St. Hilaire, Shalom, The Chosen Brothers, Love Joy, Jennifer Lara and Jah Batta. The tracks included are : King in my Empire, Queen in my Empire, Jah Rule, We been Troddin, Mash Down Babylon, Music hit you, Best Friend and Making History, there's no room for mistake or argument - we have been waiting for these two releases for a long long time, it really doesn't get any better.