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All your favourite Acid producers have tucked away their 303s for this Skuxx release. First A.P attacks Tassid’s awesome Raw ‘n’ Dirty on the remix. The original is a beast of a track, a coachload of screaming, terrified cheerleaders hurtling towards a cliff edge as the driver clutches at his chest and slumps dead to the wheel. Cleverly, A.P saves the cheerleaders. He even has the cheerleaders celebrating at the precipice as he reforms the tune into a bouncy party centrepiece. And it’s a cracker.

Meanwhile, Paranoia by Josh Inc. is a bit of a Marmite track, which is all I’ll say about that. Next, things get real filthy for MK303’s Section 6. Industrial-revolution era beats, metal-on-metal sparking: the man like Matt Knight lays down some extra-special powerage here, and the ‘section 6’ vocal gives it a focus, although it never quite develops as much as you wish it would. Lastly, Wretch is another hard-assed torture-chamber tune from the ever-dependable Tassid. It’s hard, it’s filthy, it sounds like demented tramps playing with operating-theatre equipment and it has a series of late-period breaks that keep the energy levels high.

Get it from: 909

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A.P. is taking no prisoners on Distort the Dancefloor. This is a tune that reminds you this is the guy who brought you High in Chicago, Ride It and Off Ya Box and he’s continuing to innovate. No acid – this is a pure techno track from A.P. – but the sound is tough. It has a repeating metallic motif that floats in and out of the kick and, like Cuttin’ It, his collaboration with Josh Inc. to be found elsewhere on the EP, has a subversive, disruptive feel which gives it a unique and distinctive sound. It’s a fecking winnah.

Pump It Up, the other A.P. solo track, is a more funk-driven hip-hop influenced tune, like he had some ideas left over from his rework of Tassid’s Raw N Dirty . Meanwhile, the other EP highlight is Piston 69, by A.P. and Josh Inc. which again uses distortion to superb effect and has a tremendous, long break prior to a hurricane-like finale.

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Benji303’s tracks are usually marked by a healthy respect for Acid Techno’s beginnings, and though I’ve always liked the results I sometimes felt they lacked the kind of heaviness you’d want for a here-and-now 303 throwdown. Here, though, his old skool custodianship is employed to phatter-than-usual effect, producing what for me is his best tune yet, in Crunch. Likewise, Jared Blyth, aka Nesbit, is on a roll. Bitta Rough brims with confidence, featuring the kind of brooding riff that lurks in shadows in alleyways, building beautifully, speeding up, slowing down, and an acid line, like a psychotic dog, twisting at its feet.

Meanwhile Fuck Regretamine by Owen Acid & Dixie is a blast. The drums roll, and the acid has a great old-skool arcade feel. (Which reminds me, I never got round to reviewing Soitiz 004, which is unforgiveable because it’s a cracking release, with Owen Acid’s Swift Assault a total highlight.) Back to Audio Eargasm 005.2 and Step 3 rounds out the EP with two acid lines, once low and growling, one high and persistent, and a drop at around the 4.30 mark that’s an absolute beaut.

Get it from: Audio Eargasm at Bandcamp

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Jamie C’s Shitbag is a monster tune, one of my favourites in recent years, but I have to admit I wasn’t too fond of the follow up, SUF Projects 010, which felt a wee bit ponderous by comparison. Now, after a stonking remix of Chemical Generation for Acid Test, he’s back with a gleaming newie on SUF Projects and is once more fleet of foot and nimble of finger, producing a bit of a bloody classic in the process. The A-side, Bakers Butchers is where it’s at for me, with two, maybe three acid lines blasting away so sharp they might as well be wielding flick knives, and a filmic vocal sample that should get all you sci-fi acid heads moist with desire. More to the point, it rocks like a bastard. Totally essential.

Get it from:  909
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Aaron Noseday is the alias of Thomas Collard, a Belgian Acid fiend whose own label Lord Cal  specialises in unpredictable 303 experimentation, equal parts Mike Dred and SUF. The six tracks on this latest EP collude to create a formidable statement of intent.

A bruising, atonal six-minute 303 workout, A1 kicks us off by shearing away Acid Techno’s latent funk and repositioning the TB as a weapon of brute force, teaming it with thundering, tribal drums.  One Interlude later, the second proper track A2 unleashes rubbery gabba drums which underpin pretty keys and all manner of maelstrom-like noise. Somebody belches and again that stentorian drum starts up  for the set’s longest and most idiosyncratic track, B. You wouldn’t call it a beat – it’s a pounding, and around it orbit all manner of queasy disorientating noises. Fans of Rephlex, Planet Mu, or  hard uncompromising Acid, you might just want to check this out.

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Defqon 3 is a tale of rising panic, with a subterranean, echo-soaked kick supplemented by siren motifs and a truly terrifying central riff. There is an epic, slowly unfolding quality to it as well. Imagine a really hard-assed remix of a Sabres of Paradise tune circa 1996 and you get the idea.

Defqon 5, meanwhile, is a showstopper, up there with the best of the year. A magnesium flare, a wired and wide-eyed blast of utter madness, it starts hard and fast then around the halfway mark throws off its kimono and with a synthesised scream goes bonkers, chucking riffs around and unleashing some of the best and most brutal acid known to man. It’s the kind of track that makes you grin; that makes you do that whoosh thing with your mouth; that reminds why you got into Acid Techno in the first place.

Over to next door, and if there was an exact point where industrial techno met the wide-eyed riff-frenzy of acid techno, Black.Art’s Rust would be it, a lovely old-school flavour to this track. With Maxx and Rene Reiter’s VD galloping us past the finish line for what is an exceptional, nay, essential release.

Release date: August 1, 2013

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“You know how to get a girl going,” says the vocal for Sex on the Decks, the EP’s opener. Held fast by the kind of bassline from which speaker cones run terrified and screaming, breakbeats attack like fleetfooted assassins until after a minute or so, when the 303s start up and the whole thing fireworks into a kind of joyous, controlled pandemonium.

Therein lies the appeal of the Champion Breaks sound. It’s the rawboned attack of old skool breaks – that first-heard smiley, rushy feeling – meeting the relentless drive and funk of 303. It’s hectic, man. It’s wired on sulphate and wide-eyed with its own potential and it springs off cackling in unexpected directions.

So on Love Me Always, a fidgety acid line and sampled vocals do the hard work, whereas Music For Drugs plays with a more traditional-sounding jungle bassline, lashed by a high-pitched, squirly 303. Where is the sound going? You’re never quite sure. What’s it like? It’s like being on a bus that’s been hijacked by killer dolls on nitrous oxide. Like that.

And there’s more where this came from. In a former life, Mr Champion Breaks himself tore it up as a DJ/producer in Acid Techno, but for the last three years he’s tinkered to refine the project he’s calling ‘the future (pirate) sound of London’, or Acid Breaks for short. Infused with a sense of humour to match the jaw-clenching propulsion of the tunes, the project’s wellspring is the website, here, where Breaks’ guiding philosophy harks back to the freethinking optimism of rave (its principles not dissimilar to System Rejects, in fact) and you can download plenty of tracks for free.

Meanwhile there’s a supremely caffeinated and justly popular label showcase mix on Soundcloud (called, pleasingly, It’s Intelligent… It’s Acid Breaks… And It’s Still F**king ‘Avin It!) to which you’ll find the link below, plus Breaks’ remix of Oscar G’s Twisted by Nature can be found here. As the Breaks maxim goes, ‘It’s all about 303 acid lines, the old-skool hardcore breaks, and throbbing Reece bass to give you endless thrills!’

Get it here:  Juno Download

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