Drum 'n' bass veteran Aphrodite checks in with a 21-track DJ mix, barrelling through a collection of high-energy jump-up jungle. The mixing is well executed throughout, and starts off with a promising barrage of catchy bass riffs and crashing drums. Unfortunately, somewhere around the middle of the mix the songs start sounding way too similar, and the build-ups and breakdowns grow increasingly predictable. It's a good glimpse of the current state of the harder end of drum 'n' bass. Sadly, that also includes the genre's flaws: some hilariously bad MCing and an over-reliance on formula.
Aphrodite plays Saturday (October 22) at System Soundbar.