Released in 1994, Dark Energy sees the UR label at a crossroads. Following in the wake of the white knuckle intensity of the collective’s Acid Rain, Suburban Knight’s eerie Nocturbulous Behaviour and the otherworldly jazz of Galaxy 2 Galaxy, it paved the way for many of the keynote releases on the label as the 90s progressed, including Electronic Warfare, Aztlan and The Turning Point. Remaining true to their love of grandiose statements, UR said about Dark Energy that it is “the first in a series of sonic strikes engineered by UR to be carried out during the winter equinox of star year 1994-1995, against programmer strongholds”.
Legendary Detroit stable Underground Resistance has reissued three more of the most prized records in its back catalogue, with the latest batch including seminal deep house cut “Don’t You Want It”.
In the midst of a traditional summer slump for vinyl, some good news masquerading as Bad News arrived in the shape of the epic and much anticipated Ron Morelli and Lee Douglas collab on L.I.E.S.
By now you should have heard Jackmaster’s entry into the Fabriclive hall of fame. Released this month, the Numbers don compiled a frenetic, breathless selection that touched on everything from classic electro-funk and UK garage to ragging acid, boompty bass, original hardcore and obscure New York deep house. One of a small handful of modern day DJs to earn their reputation as an actual DJ, not a producer – this is a point raised in just about every article written about him, and rightly so – his Fabriclive 57 mix is a sweat-drenched affair that boasts 29 tracks in just 70 minutes. Described by Juno Plus writer Matt Anniss as a “a joyous, party-centric romp”, it fully showcased Jackmaster’s DJing panache.
You may have also noticed the spine-tingling presence of Davina’s Mad Mike-produced deep house/garage anthem “Don’t You Want It”, which was first released on Underground Resistance sub-label Happy Records back in ’92. It served as a timely reminder of the Glaswegian’s not-so-secret love for the seminal Detroit label/collective first launched by two young chancers named Jeff Mills and Mad Mike Banks in the late 80s (Rob Hood was to join shortly later). We thought it timely then to call on Jackmaster – real name Jack Revill – to pick out his all-time favourite Underground Resistance records – and we think you’ll agree he’s plucked out some gems from the label’s peerless back catalogue.