• Neil Landstrumm - Restaurant Of Assassins

    Reviewed by Boomkat

    Neil Landstrumm - Restaurant Of Assassins

    Neil Landstrumm has left his techno roots behind for this rather excellent new album for Planet Mu, honing his low-end dexterity for a collection of far-flung dubstep/rave/hardcore variations that cumulatively make for quite possibly the finest release in his long and illustrious career to date. "Kids Wake Up" starts the album as it means to go on, a true Hardcore aesthetic informing not only Landstrumm's sample selection but also his masterful use of BASS, the end result being a sound system destroyer of the most enjoyable kind, with even a bleeping acknowledgment to KLF thrown into the mix for good measure...mighty stuff. "Yorkshire Steel Cybernetics" is up next and is surely some kind of tribute to Coco, Steel & Lovebomb's classic "Feel It" except fourty times heavier, the low-end is so expertly tweaked here that i could quite happily listen to that bassline on a loop for the next few hours. "Reverse Rebel" once again displays Landstrumm's righteous sense of history by featuring the Ragga Twins on vocals, but despite its best intentions it's too much rave and not enough Hardcore for this listener. "Give Them Fire" fares much better, a sparse introduction lays the foundation for another immense bassline - with the frequencies this low the track needs all the structural support it can get, something that's provided here with ample room to spare. It's quite telling that this album has been described in most quarters as dubstep - after all the scene is mostly far too young to remember that Hardcore laid the foundations for so much Bass culture, and the Hardcore continuum you hear about so often these days started with a bunch of bedroom producers channelling their hard-earned into pirate radio transmitters, spray paints and dodgy dubplates - sound familiar? Huge props go to Landstrumm for steering clear of the standard dubstep templates a lesser producer might have been tempted by, "Restaurant of Assassins" is a hugely enjoyable, brilliantly executed tribute to days gone by, delivered with all the Low-End pressure and pristine flair for production that dubsteppers will hopefully be in awe of. Right, I'm off to dig out my LFO, Suburban Bass, Reinforced and SUAD twelves...

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