X-Press 2 - Muzikizum (2002)
X-Press 2
Length 61:26
Format CD
Genre Electronica
Label Columbia Records/Skint Records
Index 1466
Collection Status In Collection
Track List
1 Muzikizum 6:43
2 Supasong 5:05
3 Lazy Featuring David Byrne 6:58
4 Angel 6:24
5 Palenque 3:55
6 Smoke Machine 7:56
7 I Want You Back Featuring Dieter Meier 6:14
8 Call That Love Featuring Steve Edwards 6:03
9 AC/DC 6:39
10 The Ending 5:29
Rating 70
Live No
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
Date of US Release June 18, 2002

The trio of Ashley Beedle and Rocky & Diesel keep much busier than their scattered X-Press 2 discography indicates, but the first long-player from the group - after ten years of productions - gives the impression that practically no time has passed since they were fresh-faced kids. Muzikizum is informed by a slim, spare aesthetic that sounds more 1992 than 2002, evoking simply produced, imperial-sounding tracks from Spooky and Leftfield; in other words, the glory days of progressive house. "Lazy," the single that basically prompted the album, features David Byrne speaking and singing over a barely up-tempo house track that would've been fine in 1993, but sounds positively naked a decade later. "Angel" and "Palenque," a pair of quietly brilliant pieces in the middle, display a production team with the confidence to dismiss any worry about fitting in with the dance mainstream. Aside from Byrne, the other notable collaboration features Yello's Dieter Meier turning in a desperate, whispered vocal over some metallic tribal-house programming. Like most material evocative of a certain place in the distant past, those familiar with the precursors will find the most enjoyment out of it.