Review: After almost two years of hiatus under his own name, Britain's Mike Ash makes his comeback on Super Rhythm Trax with four lively and utterly dangerous slices of house psychedelia. "Unfrocking" is deeply old-school, and Ash manages to mix up plenty of summer-of-love-acid together with those vintage hardcore sort of breaks, and "The Fuzz" follows suit with another sludgy heap of 303 bottom-end. The flip moves one year ahead and onto "89's The Year", a flangered-out acid nugget all in rough and delicious analogue taste, leaving "Bad Chorus" to send us head-first into the swimming pool with its heart-pound of a beat and inimitable bassline. You know how they say that they don't make them like they used to? Forget that, this is the shit.
Review: Originally released in ultra-limited vinyl format to mark Record Store Day, the latest release from Mike Ash is now available to digital DJs. Like the rest of the output on Super Rhythm Trax, Buggin is based around jacking rhythms. That takes shape in the form of lo-fi tones and a low-slung bass on "Huh", while on "Stop The Beat", Ash draws on the eerie synths of hardcore, wrapping them around a snaking groove. Meanwhile, "Watch Your Mouth" is a more primal workout that resounds to gurgling 303s and a heads down jack track, while on "Blue Light", he visits the bleep techno period for an evocative workout.