All good things come to an end, and Dave Huismans has decided that his A Made Up Sound label will go out on a high. Collecting all of the tracks from its nine releases in one place affords an opportunity to see how diverse the A Made Up Sound is - despite the fact that it largely operates within the jittery broken beat framework that the Dutch producer has made his own. From the noisy tones of "Havoc" Huismans navigates his way through the garage swing of "Crisis", the bleep techno-fuelled "Bygones" and the queasy bass of "Synrix". It's a fitting farewell to one of electronic music's most singular labels.
We'll spare you the introduction; A Sides is known to all card-carrying junglists and D&B fans. Neck deep into what's clearly shaping up into a mammoth album project, the third "Quart" sector leaves no sonic stone unturned: "Electric" is a straight-up naggy number with a fuzzy bassline reminiscent of Bad Company circa 99. "Vortex" rolls with a rough off-beat bass that judders in a devilish way that makes you feel uncomfortable, "Legacy" has a cold Digital style breakbeat/heavy reese drone feel, "Groan" twists up jazzy horns with a Headz-style bass grizzle. "Dreamwold" provides a beautiful finale with a disco-dented roll out with instrumentation so super slick they'd make Bukem's glasses slide off his face.