Review: There are no prizes for guessing the sort of music that defines Rave Or Die. Next up with some dynamite club tracks are Stranger and Umwelt, who take one side each of this new marbled 10". Stranger's "Motief" is a techno crescendo that builds on hard hitting techno drums. The urgent synths and increasingly brash hi hats work you into a manic state that is all consuming. Umwelt then gets even more abrasive with caustic synths and retro rave stabs, slapping metallic hits and pounding broken kick drums all forcing you to move on "Shut Up & Dance". This is truly arresting stuff once again from Rave Or Die.
Review: It's now accepted that label anniversary compilations and EPs should be stacked with high-grade cuts, preferably offered up by sizable or notable artists. Even so, there's something extra-special about this first part of Digbeth-based One Records' 10th anniversary EP series. Fittingly, it begins with a fresh cut from label stalwart Subb-an, a suitably heavy chunk of locked-in, early morning techno titled "Sunrise Mood", before continuing via the cut-up breakbeat fills, spacey electronics and warehouse-ready analogue bass of Adam Pits' "Pungent Method". Over on side B, Los Angeles-based Steve Urulu serves up the groovy, percussion-rich deep house/techno fusion of retro-futurist treat "Mollare Qualcuno", while Yamen & Eda drift their way through the deep breakbeat-house shuffle of "Last Dance".
Review: Bean grinding business from Sydney newcomer Unpin on brand new label from the Velodrome collective. Six tracks deep, each cut as springy and tightly coiled as the last, the well-oiled funk of "At Traction" kicks us off before the acidic "Bang Tool" takes us into bumping ghetto territory, "Calling You" is the essence of rave over razor-sharp two-step and "Itchy & Scratchy" goes straight for your mind and mushes it up good and proper. Elsewhere "Take 2" is a wonderfully wonky slab of bluesy UKG and "Kalimbo" closes the show on a dreamy jungle tip. What a crucial debut.
Review: After releasing a number of singles solo, Ingram worked with Carl Craig, Anthony Shakir and Kenny Dixon, Jr. for Urban Tribe's first full-length album on MoWax. He is best known for one of the all-time great Detroit Techno classics, 'Covert Action', which appeared on the legendary Retroactive imprint in 1990, to be reissued by Planet E in 2002. Prior to that he worked on one of Kirk DeGiorgio's New Electronica albums, all the way back to the beginning with Juan Atkins & 'NASA' in 1987. Most people would recognize him today by his 'Drexciyan DJ Stingray' moniker, as his electric sessions have entertained world wide in recent years.
Review: Urban Tribe hooks up with Veteran producer Sherard Ingram, perhaps best known as the mysterious Drexciyan DJ Stingray. Here they drop an new long player on Rephlex, entitled "Acceptable Side Effects".