As far as I’m concerned, I thought it was about time that the Groningen based Drum&Bass producer trio known by the name Noisia released a full-length album on CD. I am aware that in the confines of the Drum&Bass scene, the tiny shiny discs are frowned upon somewhat. Only 12″ vinyl has any street-cred, so I can understand why it took all this time for them to compile a proper CD album.
I’m glad they finally did though. This album simply is one of the best dance albums I have encountered in quite some time. There is quite a unique diversity in tracks, so it’s not just a compilation of drum&bass tracks. The collaboration with foreign beggars results in familiar sounding tracks, but Giovanca’s appearance on ‘this world’ adds a bit of spice to the mix. Title track ‘Split the Atom’ is my favourite track though, it’s solid buildup and earth-shaking basslines are yet unmatched by any track I’ve heard before. Other favourites include the drum&bass stomper call ‘Stigma’, the whacky track ‘Diplodocus’ and ‘Red Heat’. ‘Alpha Centauri’ is also an excellent listen!
Does this mean the rest of the tracks are just filler? Well, no. There are a few less sparkly gems on the disc, but they are gems nonetheless. Highly recommended!