Just one word for this one, and that word is ‘ohmigosh’… cos this BEAST of a tune really is stupidly, ridiculously good.
Coming on the Stanton Warriors’ Punks label, Subculture sees breaks producer Nixon teaming up with D&B MC GQ to concoct a feast of bowel-threatening bass, rolling breaks and exhortations to “make some motherfucking noise”, tempered in parts by floaty, atmospheric synths, gently tinkling ivories and sultry female “mmm-mmm-mmms”. A track that’ll appeal to ageing ravers, junglists and UK garage lovers alike, expect to be hearing this one out RATHER A LOT in the coming months*.
What’s more, flip it over and you also get Step In To The Light, which is even bigger, darker and moodier and even more blatant in its homage to early 90s raving, and which uses the same Yunie I Can See For Miles sample that was made famous on Lick Back Organisation’s 1994 Suburban Base classic Ruff ‘N Rugged.
There ought to be laws against records like this one… but I’m very glad there aren’t.
Out: This week
About: You can find Punks on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.
*If you don’t, I may as well pack this “writing about dance music” lark in now, because 20 years of it have clearly taught me nothing