Segueing in and out of heavy house beats, ominous monotone vocals, and tribal rhythms, MURK cuts together over fourteen tracks, produced by themselves and others, creating a more accessible version of the solo sets Gaetan spins as a resident at Club Space on Saturdays. From the opening cut, Abe Duque's happily harrowing "She is Yours," to Moogroove's hard-hitting "Deuces," the DJs build a murky (pardon the pun) environment, spotlighting pop vocalists like INXS and dance diva Amber over a pumping percussion foundation. Each peak in the set is prefaced by a subterranean moment in the depths of bass vibrations.
While MURK's mixing is top-notch and the chain of beats rarely hits a snag, astute listeners might grow restless midway through. The musical range practiced on this release isn't the most daring, and with so many stay-the-course mix CDs cramming the club bins, fans and critics alike will better appreciate Bangin' as just a teaser to MURK's forthcoming album of original material due this spring. Then, it's hoped, MURK will deliver better and more necessary material to silence any doubters.