Friday, October 23, 2009

4hero out of five


THIS latest LP from 4hero extends the group's back catalogue to nine albums - and as you'd expect with so much under their belts this is pretty slick stuff.
Taking the group's ascent from pioneering early drum and bass through their chill out phase - which gained the group a Mercury Prize nomination for Two Pages - to their more jazzier efforts to the next natural extension, Extensions sees a subtle Herbie Hancock feel added to the group's lush jungle jazz.
However they're not alone here - this album sees some of their previous work delicately revisited with acts including Sonar Kollektiv Orchester, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Vince Vella's Cuban Collective and [Re:Jazz] stringing along.
Soulful and subdued, if you're looking for something to tear the roof off a rave, 4hero are not your men - but if you're looking for something altogether lovelier from your drum and bass, Extensions would augment any collection.

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