The work of Mancunian brotherly duo Shadowdancer aka Alan and Paul Farrier, Love From Alan & Paul was recorded back in the late 90s. What is so surprising about this work is that it has survived the ravages of time. When recording the album, the Farrier brothers took inspiration from classic UK and US techno, and in places these influences are clearly audible. Take "Encore Room", with its blissed out melodies and loose break beats, which replicates long forgotten artists like Insync, or "Pressurized", which features the resonating keys and booming bass of Kevin Saunderson's classic Reese project. However, the Farriers have also gone their own way and the ponderous guitar chimes of "Not Even The Rain" suggests a youth spent listening to the Blue Nile.
UTTU helpfully describe this release from Boysnoize affiliates Shadow Dancer as "dungeon acid". It's an apt description. Ooozing with energy, it sounds like the revivalist rave fare recently offered up by the excellent R-Zone imprint. "Hydrate" darts around impressively, all chopped up vocals, darkroom samples, colossal builds and rave-era stavs. Photonz handle remix duties, turning the in-your-face original into an intense chunk of nightmarish acid techno that seems to be the product of a particularly freakish trip. That's a good thing, mind. Bonus cut "Matta", on the other hand, offers the sort of classic 303 thrills last heard emerging from the studios of Phuture and Virgo Four at the tail end of the 1980s.