Electronic musicâ€šÃ„Ã´s two greatest foes have always been repetitiveness and monotonousness. The same could be said for any genre, but when it comes to electronic music â€šÃ„Ã¬ especially drum â€šÃ„Ã²n bass and jungle â€šÃ„Ã¬ critics love to employ these two unfavorable observations the most. What makes such disapprovals bearable, however, is the fact that drum â€šÃ„Ã²n bass is, for the most part, danceable. Just like house music, once the heavy thumps of the bass drops are heard, you can bet that booties are shakinâ€šÃ„Ã´ nearby. But what happens when this trade off does not exist? Well then, you get something similar to Tha Fruitbatâ€šÃ„Ã´s self-titled debut.Tha Fruitbat (AKA Eric Schneider) offers us his own brand of d&b/jungle. The LunaticWorks press release paints him as an experimental d&b producer whose cuts are immersed in a â€šÃ„Ãºbackdrop of vacuous space and oblivion.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Oh boy, they werenâ€šÃ„Ã´t kidding.
At an exhausting 73 minutes (for only 10 songs mind you), the album suffers from long, drawn out tracks â€šÃ„Ã¬ many devoid of any melody at all. To be fair, the first four songs exhibit some potential. â€šÃ„ÃºTha Outer Limitsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is an eerily spacey track complete with robotic samples and sci-fi echoes. â€šÃ„ÃºZanuba,â€šÃ„Ã¹ undoubtedly the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s strongest cut, is a phenomenal d&b/jungle/break-beat epic of a song. However, there is no reason it needs to be 13 minutes long. After this point, the album starts to go downhill. The next 6 tracks are bland d&b/jungle songs that only vary in tempo. â€šÃ„ÃºSpace Case,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s closer, is actually a decent track with some semblance of a melody. Unfortunately, most listeners wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t get this far into the album to hear it.