It seems like all the phenomenal albums I grew up with are suddenly celebrating their 20-year anniversary over the past year. These albums are now considered classics; Armand Van Helden’s 2 Future 4 U, Paul Oakenfold’s Tranceport and one of my absolute favorites growing up; Aphrodite’s 1999 self titled album.
Aphrodite’s release will officially turn 20 this summer, and as I pause and reflect on a misspent youth, let me take you down memory lane with one of my all-time faves! This album is old school jungle at its finest. Each track incorporates deep basslines, high energy beats, and funky snare rolls.
“Styles from the Darkside ’99” will teleport you back to 1999. It starts out with short, fast tempo beats, but then comes in hard. “Summer Breeze” is a Junglist take on a 1970’s rock anthem. This remix is truly one of a kind; deep, dark, rolling basslines with soul-stirring lyrics that are pure perfection. The track “Stalker” was featured in the well-known rave movie Human Traffic and the description of the track totally encompasses the feeling of the whole album! “This could turn Hare Krishna into a bad boy;” indeed it could!
Aphrodite is a freakin’ beast; an innovator in the genre, and an old school legend. He was an integral part of bringing the jungle sound to the masses. His dedication to the craft has kept him in the game for almost three decades. Not only has he played at some of the biggest festivals in the world but he continues to pack clubs shows across the globe.
If you haven’t had a chance to take in the glory that is Aphrodite’s 1999 self titled album, do it now! It’s a classic, and you will not be disappointed. You can also still catch Aphrodite on tour, however I haven’t seen any dates for the States just yet, but I’ll keep it on my radar. His live sets are amazing and always a class act.
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