Released: Jan 1997
If the metals industry ever needed a soundtrack to sex up their business, Modus Operandi would do the trick. Never have battered copper and brushed stainless steel sounded so sensual. Released in 1997, this is a landmark album for drum 'n' bass, cutting through the stand-up bass of jazzier junglists like LTJ Bukem and Metalheadz with flayed cymbals and backward-spun percussion that glints like L.A. traffic in the rush-hour haze. Tags like "intelligent jungle" and "tech-step" painted it as dry, distant music, but Photek's Asian drums and slippery funk are pure sensuality.