Some classic party techno remastered here on a sweet limited double vinyl LP, Angel Plague is the 1999 album from Female. It has all the components you want from good techno; a driving bass, precision percussion and a sea of bubbling electronics above it all. Great stuff and a party must have surely?
Remastered double vinyl LP on clear vinyl. Packaged in a new printed sleeve. Limited to only 300 copies.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 07 October 2015
Downwards have remastered and reissued Female’s 1999 ‘Angel Plague’ 2LP on clear vinyl in an edition of 300 copies with revamped Throbbing Gristle inspired artwork.
Female is the moniker of Peter Sutton who along with Surgeon and Regis was one of the instigators of the tough techno sound emanating from the Midlands in the mid 90’s and was indeed one of the founders of the Downwards imprint. I assume he was also part of the Sandwell District collective too -- as he had a couple of 12”s out on the label. He innovated a new rhythmic approach to techno with his releases in 2005 but never really gets credit for it. Producers are still copying his ‘Advanced Bossa’ style now.
So anyway rewind to 1999 when ‘Angel Plague’ originally came out - this was a period where so many producers were emulating Jeff Mills’ ‘Purpose Maker’ sound it just got ridiculous and tons of disposable tribal techno fodder was coming out. I really lost faith in techno at that point and just closed myself off from it. Everyone was at it, the Downwards guys included although their take on the sound was far more impressive than most. Sixteen years down the line where the techno world isn’t swamped in that sound I can happily listen to ‘Angel Plague’ with pleasure. Sure it is heavily indebted to Mills’ ‘Purpose Maker’ material but is heavier and dirtier. Basically this is a double pack of bangin’ loopy, heavily percussive club tools with endless grooves and great fun to mix with. ‘Surrounded by Enemies’ has an irresistible shuffle and is a highlight but my personal favourite is the final track ‘No Name’ with its stomping off-beat kicks and layered/ looped polyrhythms primed for shaking asses.
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