All Caps unveil the very first release from rave deconstructivist Neuroshima. This producer has been hotly tipped for some time, and on Rave Archives the secretive artist finally gets the chance to release some woozy ambient jungle. Liquid sub-bass and cut-up breakbeats are layered over drifting drones. This vinyl 12” is clearly part of UK soundsystem culture, but not as we know it.
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Over the past five or so years, the All Caps label have gained a cult following; steadily building a catalogue of sought after releases, cherished by global disc jockeys. The label is responsible for output from Florist, Kowton, Bluntman Deejay, Helix, Alex Coulton, DJ Guy and Ekranoplan. Now they present the debut EP from Neuroshima an artist that was either “there” back in the heady early days of rave or is pretty darn good at capturing the spirit of early breakbeat/ hardcore and updating the template for the year 2016.
Obviously with a record called ‘Rave Archive’ there’s an element of nostalgia at play, but there’s a modern edge to these productions. Six cuts of chopped and filtered samples, oldskool breakbeats/ retro amens and darker, hazy ambient soundscapes/ textures. ‘Chatter’ is most likely my pick of the bunch - proper early 90’s school breakbeat techno. I can totally recommend grabbing a copy while this is still about. Comes in shiny mirrorboard sleeve with insert designed by Florist whom I suspect may actually be responsible for these tunes but really, who knows.
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