Speed of Sound
Breakbeat Science, a drum 'n' bass record store, an indie label, and presumably a way of life, has all but consumed Reid Speed (born Reid Margolis), who represents the small but loud faction of female junglists. Skillfully blending beats and moods (never too dark or oppressive) into a fluid groove, Speed allows offshoots like speed garage and two-step to creep into her mixes. Her newest album, Resonance, applies her pioneering production to smooth offerings from Future Prophecies, Pieter K, DJ Damage, Aquasky, and 14 others. Speed's mixology is impeccable, her selections superb, and her production -- glimmery, shimmery, liquid -- sets a new standard for breakbeat scientists of both genders.
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