Blueprint's 20th anniversary celebrations wouldn't be complete without a new EP from British techno veteran Oliver Ho, who first appeared on the imprint way back in 1996. Opener "Burning Heretics" is a typically no-nonsense affair, with Ho effortlessly joining the dots between contemporary Surgeon, modern industrial techno, and the ragged intensity of purist acid house. "Worship" is deep, out-there, metallic and partially ambient, while "Control" is a near perfect exercise in bouncy acid techno. Finally, Ho presses the button marked "tribal" on the loose-limbed, broken techno brilliance of "Genuflect". As the old cliche goes, this is "all killer", with "no filler".
He is best know these days for his ebm and wave-influenced work as Broken English Club, but Oliver Ho first rose to prominence as a heads-down techno producer during the 90s. This release, originally issued on Blueprint back in 1999, has been re-released as part of the label's twentieth anniversary celebrations. Despite the passage of time, these four tracks have not lost their raw energy. Furious bursts of percussion, insistent stabs and regular vocal chants, all underpinned by murderous kicks, ensure that Ho's sound has not aged. The fourth and final cut is the most abrasive, a jarring locked groove that makes modern-day purism sound tame by comparison.