Ricocheting from twisted techno to jackin’ low-end digital dancehall Neil Landstrumm’s ‘Restaurant Of Assassins’ emanates a certain 90’s rave ‘tude that resonates so well in 2007. A bit vintage, a bit “rave-step” (for wan of a better word), it’s bass culture – raw and uncompromising but worked together by an older, wiser and more experienced producer. Bear in mind that Landstrumm first emerged on the UK electronic music scene in 1994, and the native Scot has since gone to travel the world (with a sint living in New York) and drop heat on Peacefrog, Berlin’s Tresor Records and now on Mike Paradinas’ rather brilliant Planet Mu imprint. Opening with a dubstep synth quiver, ‘Kid’s Wake Up’ uses resonating 808 hi hats paired with rave sirens, intense electronica beep programming and bass. Big batty bass. For Your Face.
‘Yorkshire Steel Cybernetics’, featuring big bully has an undulating Miami bass Riddim with rabid 90s Luke Vibert atmospherics, where haunting distant vocals sweep in over truly warped rhythm incursions. If the junglist thing is for you, you have to check out ‘Assassin Master’, one of the heaviest tunes on the record. It’s badman dubstep subs smashing through harmonious electronica arpeggios, Amen breaks and dancefloor breakdowns. This is follwed by ‘Harlem Shoot Me’, which sounds a bit like a vexed Burial – techy, heavily electronic dubstep flavours with an extra habanero kick . The collaboration with another bass face technician is ‘Lung Dub’ with Si Begg – a stripped back bass ‘n’ snare shattered symphony. The album closes in style with ‘Mike Grimes’ (dedicated to Planet Mu label boss?) resurrecting the rave sirens and mid-tempo dubstep squelches for your skank ridden elbows
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- Various - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel