Double 12" £10.49 RS1211
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No idea what the fuck is going on here, some dude has given me all the techno. Possibly as I’m the only one who actually attends techno nights bar our Ant who sprinkles actual techno-flakes on his porridge every morning, such is his commitment to the genre. This is the work of Tom Russell, a London producer who has had work out on the excellent Perc tracks under the name Truss. After two banging slabs on Avian under this more esoteric moniker, old rave juggernaut R&S have hoovered him up with their industrial size vacuum and ordered him to deliver a classic double pack.
For obvious reasons I’m immediately drawn to the track titled ‘Acid Badger’ which simply reminds me of the best of the original warehouse acid techno of the early-mid ‘90s. A violently stomping 4/4 immediately arrests your attention which is then splattered with some of the most thrilling, visceral 303 tweaks to create a floor-slammer of relentlessly heavy proportions. This tune is heavily in debt to the more severe strains of European ‘90s rave music and will appeal to all those that loved the abrasive end of New Beat, Rising High records or the hard-ass mid ‘00s contemporary revival material from Soundmurderer’s acidic alias TNT. Brutal. ‘Your Orders’ on the silverside has a more stepping beat which errs on the side of dirty wonky techno with some astrally-inclined squelches and tons of intoxicating atmosphere. The briefer ‘Ridge Way’ is more playful and sports a cheeky pooting electro clatter under the mad squiggles and ear-perforating low-end punches. This is solid old-skool gear, no messing.
‘Crusty Juice’ is another epic pounder of a track that splurges itself right across the other disc’s black side. Heaviosity and intensity vying for your tiny mind. A more restrained treat is in store on the remaining silverside, however, in the shape of the wonderful ‘Mountain of Ash’. This track is a cracking piece of deep mind-expanding techno with a sublime pace and discreet washes of absorbing aural wonder that retain hidden micro-melodies and also brandishes this restrained but propulsive hollow acid-gribbet. You could get truly lost in this tune for all time even though it doesn’t seem to do a great deal but its secret weapon is its subtlety and with that comes a floor-rooting power that will take you to another level.
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