12" £11.49 DUSTV037
Ltd 180g vinyl 12" on Dust Science Limited inc. Regis Remix. Edition of 300 copies.
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Following ‘Darkhaus Vol.1’ on Unterton with that belter of a remix from L.B Dub Corp is nummer zwei, this time on the South Yorkshire canine’s very own Dust Science imprint. The price tag on this is a bit hefty for a standard UK 12” in black disco bag. I can only assume it has gathered some air miles and been through several pairs of hands before reaching us. Either that or the lads have knocked up a mammoth slate at the local watering hole. (Edit - it's on 180g vinyl and limited to a mere 300 copies!)
First Up is ‘Cracked’ which has a sort of dark trance vibe to it. I use the term lightly, referencing the sound before it became a swear word to techno purists. Think early to mid-90’s R&S, the likes of Robert Leiner and co. A golden era indeed. They bring the sound bang up to date though with contemporary, pristine production all expertly engineered for dark smoky rooms and strobe lights. The main riff/ bassline loop gets super hypnotic all cloaked in fizzing electronics and a bit of kick drum hide and seek to get them going for it on the dancefloor. Beyond the obvious repetition there’s actually quite a lot going on and totally nails being a dark yet euphoric track. Sinister but never gloomy. It’s really grown on me this tune.
Next up is Broken mind which in some ways is like a soundtrack to the city of Sheffield’s industrial heritage complete with obligatory bangin’ kick and metallic clanking and a luxurious distant dreamy melody, you can visualise the forge’s hammering away and the red hot glow of molten metal. Again a couple of spins of this and I’m thoroughly convinced.
Their pal Regis turns in a remix of ‘Broken Mind’, adding a bit more swing to the groove and keeping the integrity of the sound palette to create a chugging slice of industrial funk that’s faithful to the original yet has Regis stamped all over it. Put the needle on any of the three tracks and watch the dancers lose their minds. Looking forward to the next half of the series and also the imminent ‘Tranklements’ album. Bring it on!
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