Acid Steve & DDR – AV 01 (Avinit Records)

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Acid Techno
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Cat no: Av001 
Release date:
 13/07/11

Raves like This
BPM: 143
The first release on Acid Steve’s new label uses media samples of the Holborn Halloween Rave of 2010 to kickstart a determinedly old-school track with a dirty acid line that creeps in at about 0.30 and gradually makes its presence felt, morphing into full-blown assault by the track’s end. The spoken-word samples are dropped in deftly and without interrupting the overall bangingness of the whole thing – all of which adds to the 90s feel.

Winning! (feat MC Sheen)**
BPM: 143
Personally my tastes go to the dark rather than the fun side of Acid so I shouldn’t really like a track called Winning! that samples Charlie Sheen. And at the time of writing, with the world well and truly over his antics, it probably does look a little gauche. But actually I think the track will date well. As is the fashion, it has a long breakdown featuring a portion of a TV appearance, an interviewer asking, ‘Tell me about the last time you took drugs,’ and Charlie asserting that the last time he took drugs, he took more than any human being could survive. Any human being other than him, obviously. Yet instead of laughing and making wanker signs at him, she earnestly asks, ‘How do you survive that?’ ‘Because I’m me,’ he says, after a pause to reflect on the sheer fucking awesomeness of being him, ‘I have one speed: Go.’ And because Acid Steve and DDR are no slouches when it comes to calibrating the precise dynamics of their breakdowns, that ‘Go’ signals fierce wet splashes of 303 that build in excitement to a second breakdown where all hell breaks loose in all manner of kaleidoscopic patterns. The fact that it’s called Winning (feat MC Sheen) will no doubt put people off and put me off at first – it makes it sound like a YouTube skit, for one thing. In fact it simultaneously celebrates and lampoons the year’s biggest arse, doesn’t once use the word ‘winning’, thank God, and features some of the most arresting acid of the year.

Get it from: 909 London

Realising that it would be good to actually hear the tracks I’m wibbling on about, I’ve been trying to embed sound samples from 909 London, but without any luck. So either go directly there to hear them via the link above or, alternatively both tunes appear in this mix (mine — consider yourself warned), now up on Soundcloud.

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