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America was introduced to London's Freestylers back in the late '90s after Fatboy Slim's hedonistic big beat made electronica 'the next big thing'. Freestylers' debut We Rock Hard was indeed a harder, but equally infectious take on the big beat phenomenon, born of the group members' love of hip-hop as well as dance music. Fast forward to 2002. Big beat is all but forgotten and trance is the current ambassador of electronica to the mainstream. But the Freestylers are back with a vigorous vengeance. Pressure Point contains similar elements that made their previous effort successful, namely an expansive approach to sampling other musical styles and laying them over chunky breakbeats, and the sheer fun of it all. London breeds a musical culture clash that the Freestylers distill into catchy slices of dancehall infused breakbeat. They move nimbly between the upbeat, funky, pop appeal of tracks like "Weekend Song", the futuristic, drum & bass influenced "Now Is The Time" and the soulful "Told You So". Pressure Point bubbles with an irresistible musical energy that is kept fresh by the diverse influences and guest vocalists. With bass heavy production, rolling breakbeats and tons of fun the Freestylers are sure to give you a good time.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.