Review: Jerome Hill is one of the UK's most talented DJs and he applies his distinctive,hard-edged style to this debut for DABJ. Putting an emphasis on tough, jacking tracks, Hill in-vokes the spirit of rave on the wild sub-bass frequencies of "Murked Man", while the raw analogue jack of "Pelican Neck" is redolent of the 90s techno experiments of Neil Land-strumm and Tobias Schmidt. It's no surprise that "1994" is also inspired by techno from that period, with clattering drums and insistent tonal bleeps prevailing. "Chinzmania" meanwhile, takes influence from Hill's chopped up DJing style for a rough ghetto track.
Review: Straight up, slamming, no nonsense tripped out drum tracks from legend of the scene Jerome Hill. With touches of acid and hardcore ghetto house thrown into the mix, Hill delivers four '90s inspired dub missles for your next club workout. With vocal touches adding that extra gnarly edge to both "RZ Thing" and the seriously sick "Transmissions" (work that mutha), "Pob Routine" opts for a funky bassline and percussions along the 100 per cent bonafide work out that is "More Wiffle". Long live Jerome Hill!
Review: Super Rhythm Trax brings you the freshest acid, house and techno with a hefty nod to the mid to late 80's originators. They're back with head honcho Jerome Hill, who serves up three old-school bangers for the 'nu-school' on "Cley Hill Transmissions". The dark and tunnelling warehouse techno of "Back & Forth" features some soaring and euphoric 303 acid that will make you feel like you're at one of Hawtin's Plastik parties at The Packard circa '94. "Weird Language" features a screwed up vocal hook above an overdriven/broken kick and 'percolator' style claps - which once again will truly appeal to '90s techno nostalgists. Finally, we have the bleepy UK rave of "Close Encounters" which is sure to create some added drama on the dancefloor when the strobe light comes on! 2017 has seen the label serve up releases by other like minded introverts in the form of John Heckle, Jared Wilson and the legendary Ed DMX.
Review: Hill traces his roots back to the days of free parties and it's no coincidence that this aesthetic is etched into his production style. Accordingly, "Toy Box" is a wild, lo-fi ride through some of the most primal iterations of what is called techno. On "Donkey Bite", Hill delivers a teeth-rattling ghetto workout, its stomping, relentless rhythm housing a repetitive vocal sample. The aptly named "Slither" sees the Don't boss drop layer upon layer of acid over chain mail percussion, while "Mr Worm" sees him descend into wild, frequency-shifting tones. Most impressive though is "Torque Talk", where he resurrects the noisy bleep'n'bass sound of early Neil Landstrumm for a riotous finale.
Review: Retrovert Jerome Hill runs Super Rhythm Trax & Fat Hop in addition to Don't: which presents Toy Box Part 1: more snapshots of techno's heyday in the early nineties via London. Starting off with the powerful rave techno stomp of "Egg Roll" which calls to mind legends like CJ Bolland, Joey Beltram or Cybersonik, there's the then the roughneck breakbeat action of "Scez Princess" which will appeal to all UK ravers back in the day. Then, "I Know" goes for that wacky Green Velvet style of percolator jack as made famous on Relief Records that Hill has proven to be much a fan of over the years.
Review: London techno legend Jerome Hill is back on his home turf for the 13th edition of Super Rhythm Trax. With a name like "It's Time For The" it hardly left anything to the imagination did it? But this crafty edit of the Cajmere classic. Other highlights include the Windy City hard house of "Lollypop Lady" which pays tribute to the notorious Relief Records imprint and the Dancemania dedicated jackathon that is "Def Jamming". One for the heads!
Review: Jerome Hill is one of UK techno's best-kept secrets and on Sound, he shows why he de-serves far more recognition. The title track is a tough rhythm track, its pitch-bent vocal lend-ing it the same kind of tripped out sound as Hill's own DJ sets. "Scallywag" sees Hill borrow from rave and ghetto house in equal measure to craft a truly unusual track. The tempo is faster than "Lovely Sound" and the primal rhythm features a female vocal sample competing with a mysterious male - urging Hill to 'give it to them' - for the listener's attention. Closing track "Restraint" sees Hill drop the pace, but the screeching siren riffs and robust tribal drums are as powerful as the preceding tracks.
Review: A delightfully diverse and obscenely old school package here from Yellow boss Scanone and friends. Eschewing his usual obtuse bass and angular electro, here Scanny's gone for a balls-out jungle composition that wouldn't have gone amiss on Reinforced back in the day. Even electro purist Dexorcist has gone left-side as he returns to the spotlight with an SL2/Shades Of Rhythm style bouncer. Naturally Jerome follows suit with another early 90s hardcore homage that's somewhere between Unique 3 and Ellis Dee. All three are complete bangers. One for the raving crew.
Review: Slap me sideways and call me Grandpa, it's a new instalment of Killekill's Megahits series, and that means a burst of noxious techno beats from all angles. As with previous editions, we have 6 sides of wax all filled with new killers from the label's best, including Eomac, who delivers the supremely messed-up "Angel In The Marble", Bintus' nasty-as-ever acid on "Re-Clocking Knob", a gorgeous collaborative efforts from Cassegrain and Tin Man dubbed "Ad Hoc", Alex Cortex's unsurprisingly curious and marvellous "Tensegrity", and a very special appearance from Detroit legend Blake Baxter with the banging "Acid Warp Time Travel". The rest if as good, if not better - pure gold from the likes of Dez Williams, Jerome Hill, Detroit Grand Pubahs etc.