Know your roots. Zomby made a name for himself with buzzed-out dubstep and teched-out beats, but on his standout 2008 debut, the UK producer penned a love letter to the early rave sound that inspired it all. On Where Were U in '92?, Zomby pretty much nails every detail - from the sounds, the samples, and most importantly the vibe. He even went so far as to use era-appropriate equipment (an Akai S2000 Sampler and Atari ST computer running Cubase) to create that that true vintage early 90's sound. Now that's dedication! The album runs through a convincing range of jungle, breaks, hardcore, breakbeat house, and more, and to those unfamiliar, it might sound like some rare 12"s from the era - but that's just because Zomby got the sound on lock. Check the style on "Euphoria," "Tears In The Rain," "Get Sorted," "Need Ur Lovin," "B With Me," the title track, and the awesome Street Fighter 2 sampling "U Are My Fantasy." 14 tracks in all. Sonic Boom!
- music label: Cult Music 2016