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ARTIST
TITLE
Heritage
FORMAT
CD

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PURE 006CD PURE 006CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/17/2009

This is the debut full-length release for Amsterdam's 2000 And One (Dylan Hermelijn). He has been at the forefront of electronic music since the late '80s, this year marking the 20th anniversary of his musical career. On this album, Dylan has combined rich musical background with futuristic foresight, creating a record bound to set dancefloors aflame. But Heritage isn't just a bunch of killer tracks, it's a homage to his first and foremost love, house music; and above all, a tribute to his West-African roots. Like the urban proto-house of Northwest-American cities like Chicago, Detroit and New York, Dylan's work has the African heartlands resounding through it. It's the distant bell of pulsating rhythms from prehistoric times, when dancing functioned as a tribal bonding ritual. For the last 20 years, 2000 And One's sound has dictated this repetitive funk in its barest form -- Heritage being no exception to the rule. "Dat Na Poku" (Surinam for "now there's a fat beat!") is a clear example of Dylan's stripped style -- building on an irresistible loop from beginning to end. "State Of House," "Burnin Dub" and "Spanish Fly" are tributes to late '80s Chicago house disco by the likes of Lenoir Thompson, Lil Louis and Armando. Think big stabs, think Loleetta Holloway vocals. More on the Detroit side of things are "Egusi" and "Mejiro," based on epic and melodic sounds rather than fat beats. And "Honey Bush," a more current, stripped techno track yet with a deep, house-y vocal hook, showcases 2000 And One's ability to mix the old with the new. Dylan explains, "I just want to rock the dancefloor with simple and effective grooves."