In May 1993, Unknown Origin released "Valley of the Shadows," a drum 'n' bass track that sparkled with pixie-dust melodies and bumrush breakbeats, upended by a cold, lonely voice hurtling toward "a long dark tunnel." It was a portentous line -- an excellent metaphor for the progression of the music itself -- as dark, foreboding sub-genres like two-step came to replace the massive fun of mid-'90s jungle. Drum 'n' bass star and acclaimed Jungle Brothers remixer Aphrodite samples "Valley of the Shadows" midway through his self-titled debut album, a panoply of rhythm and rich pop-sense that trades in long and dark for buoyant and bright. From the steely, intersecting breaks and Day-Glo textures of "Interlude" to the jazzy jump-up cut "Spice (Even Spicier)" to agile, edgy workouts like "Listen to the Rhythm," this is happily varied, body-loving music that rarely sounds rote. Just drop the laser on the playfully micromanaged "B.M. Funkster," with its hyperactive breaks, old-school street-beat punch, and liquid bass drone. You'll hear music that loves to love you like precious little jungle of the past couple years.