'Interlocked' is a flashback summoning the pure energy and buzz of classic old skool early jungle/hardcore. The thrill of vintage rave tapes, pirate radio and the intricacy of broken beat collide across eight relentlessly inventive tracks. Despite being previously unreleased old material, these tunes sound remarkably fresh and exciting. Drumskull cut his teeth as stickman in various skate-punk bands - his knack for driving rhythms is equally as fierce in his electronic productions. There's even a deep house cut to help us catch our breaths.
Vinyl Double LP £17.49 SR083
Gatefold 2LP on Seagrave.
I have to admit, I was not expecting to hear this today. It's a mighty onslaught of breakbeats, old skool rave synth stabs and brooding jungle vibes. It’s providing a much-needed shot of adrenaline this afternoon... And it’s fantastic. It’s the new LP from Drumskull aka Joel Harrison, it’s called ‘Interlocked’ and it’s made by a lifelong skateboarder and erstwhile fan of hardcore of a different stripe -- ie, Black Flag as opposed to 2 Bad Mice.
Straight out of the traps, the opener ‘Battle Stations’ is as clear a statement of intent as you could imagine: breakneck breaks, lurid synths, deep sub rumblings; you get the picture. Energising stuff. Skittering toms and 90s house samples lead us down into a more cavernous, less claustrophobic space for the title track; coming across a bit like the more ravey tackle presented to us recently by Lone. ‘Broken Rinse’ hammers us with kickdrums and squelchy bass synth, a bit Wookie-like this one.
‘Negative 7’ is the most evocative track here so far of ‘92 rave; Harrison manages to summon up a few ghosts and sweat-streaked subterranean walls with those drums, staccato samples and that rumbling bass, even if it’s missing what you could call a ‘bassline’ as such. There’s even a classy little deep-house roller towards the end (‘Information Society’), a somewhat welcome drop in pace at this point -- and it brings the funk. Is there no end to this man’s skills?
A nice double LP for those of you who miss those heady early 90s daze. You. Know. The. Score.
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