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Classic Album Review: Jega | Spectrum

The drill ’n’ bass founder is in a class by himself on this dynamic, diverse disc.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Electronica whiz-kid Dylan (Jega) Nathan used to be in the same class as Aphex Twin and µ-ziq. I mean that literally; they all went to college together in Manchester.

Since then, however, the self-taught Jega has not only entered a class by himself; he’s also been credited with founding a new school of high-grade electronica called drill ’n’ bass. It’s a bit of a misnomer — while Nathan is admittedly fond of high-pitched, squealing synth lines and whirring, jarring breakbeats, the 70-minute Spectrum also ventures into everything from high-energy, video-game slammers to Baba O’Reilly-style sequencing and spookily seductive chillouts. In other words, Spectrum pretty much covers it.