Two killer cuts here from two of the nastiest producers in the business. Cause 4 Concern step up to the hot seat first with their incredible "Dead Planet" which is all punchy, pounding drum rolls, dark undulating bass and spooked out synth work. Not as aggressive as some of their other work, this one is a secret weapon - watch out! After that The Sect deliver the ominous, eerie "Entheogen" which builds from a post-apocalyptic intro into a grouchy beast with reverberating bass, belching bass and an oriental streak woven in, which comes in and out of focus throughout.
Clayton, Loxy & Ink are the original Hardware family. Together they spawned a style and sound that would eventually come to epitomise Renegade Hardware. Instantly recognisable, it's roots are firmly placed in the world of drums and unbridled darkness. Along with fellow cohorts Gremlinz, Skitty & Phobia they have managed to keep this unique sound well and truly alive. Their unwavering vision has been solidly represented by this incredible collection of tracks. Be it the Unrelenting march of Philth & Agman Gora's "The Void", Universal Project's sleazy groove on "Dog Pound" or new upstart Voltage's rolling 'Born Again', this tunes deliver in fine style. And as you would expect, there's also appearances from Loxy & Ink themselves on "Serial Killa" and "We".
Perennial crate-diggers BBE have long been capable of unearthing hidden gems and shining a light on long-forgotten scenes. Here, with the help of fellow vinyl-sniffer Mr Peabody, they highlight Chicago's little-known 1970s/early 1980s underground disco and boogie scene. For those reared on the familiar sounds of New York disco and boogie, it's something of a revelation. Certainly, there's plenty for disco enthusiasts to get excited about here, from the piano & horn laden grooves of Sheila Hutchinson and Nedra to the tribal, African-influenced dancefloor rhythms of Lady Gwendolyn and Africa International. Along the way, expect to hear everything from hustlin' party jams and essential 80s groove to crackly disco-funk and distinctly cosmic soul. Absolutely essential!
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