The third instalment in the EZ Rollers story and follow up to their 1998 'Weekend...
David Silverman 2003-01-23
Formed in 1995 by two drum and bass pioneers, E-Z Rollers cohorts Jay and Alex have risen steadily through the dance music ranks. For their production work, the pair enlisted the help of sometime studio friend and associate Kelly Richards. Their first long-player together, Dimensions Of Sound, arrived in 1996 and its gentle, jazz influenced hooks, solid beats and melodic keys were wonderfully enhanced by Kelly's exquisite vocals.
The benchmark was thus set. The crew kept their hand in over the next few months with various 12s before unleashing their second album, Weekend World, in 1998. This saw a brief excursion into the UK charts with "Walk This Land" which reached an astonishing No.18 in the UK charts after being used for the British flick, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Still ahead of the pack after all this time, they have produced their most accomplished LP to date. Packed with anthemic tunes such as the forthcoming single "Back To Love", and the hip-hop groove "You'll Never Know", this album stretches right across musical genres, from the breaks inspired "Take It EZ" to the dancehall-style flavas of "Lady Jam". Always open minded and well known for serving a huge assortment of different sonic delicacies from a number of different platters, Titles of the Unexpected sees them search deeper within their inner self.
With the enrolment of hip-hop beatbox legend Doug E Fresh and soul diva Sharon Brown, the sonic adventure is complete. This album has got to rock dancefloors all over the country. The EZs roll with high tempo d & b and mid-tempo breaks with a collection of tracks full of fervour and flair. And yet, unlike many of their predecessors, they seem to be having a very good time doing it. Any artist doing their third album must be doing something right and maybe this is the reason why they've come so far. This is a superb representation of where drum and bass is today. Get one.