For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
The latest episode in Ambivalent's label sees the US producer bring together some of the best new names in techno. He cosies up to Matrixxman on "Junction"; led by pounding drums and ferocious percussive blasts it sets the tone for the rest of the release. Physical Therapy also drops a visceral techno track in the shape of "Rosemary" which morphs into a dreamy segue but without losing its abrasive edge. Avalon Emerson replicates the sound of an entire beehive being eliminated on the layered tonal builds of "Glider Gun" while Toms Due rounds off this dance floor-primed release with the acid-led jacking rhythm of "Module".