Ed Rush & Optical ‎– Wormhole

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Mystery Machine 7:25
Splinter 7:11
Slip Thru 6:47
Millennium 6:13
Glass Eye 8:01
Point Blank 7:07
Compound 8:07
Fixation 7:56
Wormhole 6:49
Dozer 6:15

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VRS 001 LP Ed Rush & Optical Wormhole(5x12", Album) Virus Recordings VRS 001 LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
VRS 001 LP Ed Rush & Optical Wormhole(5x12", Album, TP) Virus Recordings VRS 001 LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
VRS 001 CD Ed Rush & Optical Wormhole(CD, Album + CD, Mixed) Virus Recordings VRS 001 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
VRS001LP Ed Rush & Optical Wormhole(5x12", Album, RE, Gre) Virus Recordings VRS001LP UK 2012 Sell This Version
VRS 001 CD Ed Rush & Optical Wormhole(CD, Album, RE + CD, Mixed) Virus Recordings VRS 001 CD UK 2012 Sell This Version

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dav_12002

dav_12002

August 1, 2019
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP

Classic Classic Classic!!!
What an album by the legendary duo, smashed up the clubs and airways back in the day (and present) and on heavy rotation by legends like Andy C, Grooverider, Randall...list goes on.
My personal fav is the stunning 'Compound' with it's apocalyptic intro, razor beats and pure vibes! Other favs are 'Point blank' with it's sci fi intro and addictive bassline and the dark 'Splinter'. 'Slip thru' completely smashes the floor and speakers everytime!

A fantastic twisted album which is the equivalent to dance music as 'Alien' was to cinema. Unsuspecting, dark and atmospheric. 10/10
pivotfakie

pivotfakie

August 12, 2017
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP

Doesn't get any better than this! Otherworldly, organic analog funk. 10/10.
Argenberg

Argenberg

July 26, 2017
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP
Yes, this coherent album sounds like a DnB/BB masterpiece (1998 year wise).
greekthenick

greekthenick

December 5, 2016
referencing Wormhole, CD, Album, RE + CD, Mixed, VRS 001 CD

Thin on drum programming and heavy on dark brooding atmosphere, this record is a drum & bass work of art that is just as dance-able in 2016 as it was in 1998. "Mystery MacHine", the ominous opening track, sets a pace that does not slow down throughout the record. I was hard pressed to find favourites - this record is an end-of-the-world party from start to finish. The second CD is a most welcome bonus - a slightly reordered mix of the original LP which includes some pretty heavy extra tracks such as the anxiety-inducing "Crisis" and the supremely catchy "Medicine".
alphakiller

alphakiller

November 13, 2016
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP
Hardstep = gabba for you dnb hard style go hard you don't have to leave just go hard bra.
recordmania4

recordmania4

October 28, 2014
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP
still sounds totally fresh
noizstepper

noizstepper

May 29, 2014
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP
propably nearly as good as Panacea's twisted designz and dom & R. industry, which were released in the same year, but was a bit more mindblowing back than.
jonnyh179

jonnyh179

January 30, 2012
referencing Wormhole, CD, Album + CD, Mixed, VRS 001 CD

This has to be THE number 1 d & b album of all time. The standard of production on display is mindblowing & the damage these beasts do on a big rig is unmeasurable. Everÿ tune on the album is a banger, it is just a shame that lifespan on the mix is not included unmixed as it is a masterpiece of a roller that destroys the dance. I advise anyone who likes well produced, original, dark, eerie electronic music to get this album as it is among the best ever, it really is that good, trust. There is a lot of talk about the high standard of production in d & b right now, but imo, this album is still at the top as it was made on outboard gear & not a PC so it still retains that "warmth" obtained with older pre PC production. If I have any critisism of this LP it is that it spawned a 1000 wannabees in the scene who tried to emulate it's brilliance & consequently chocked the scene at that time with poor examples & scared all the women from the dance over to UK Garage!!!
CyberMonkey

CyberMonkey

January 5, 2012
referencing Wormhole, CD, Album + CD, Mixed, VRS 001 CD

An absolute landmark LP in the drum & bass universe. The whole album has dark brooding melodies that will take you to a strange tangent. I wonder if Ed Rush or Optical knew what sort of waves they'd be making or paths they'd be paving with this album when they made it.

I'm know I'm probably repeating what's already been said here but this album is such a true work of art that positively shaped the d&b scene for years to follow its release. All around a classic album that brought many to the scene and deepened the experience of those already in it. I recommend that you listen to this album with the lights turned off to deepen your perception. The great thing is that these tunes will stick with you for some time.

So then, let's have a glance at the tracks:

As the first track 'Mystery machine' commences, it takes you away from your current world and transfers you to a dark, gloomy, abstract, obscure world for the whole album to take place around. It gives you a little nibble of what you're about to be in for.

'Splinter' is where this album really starts to get into business. By the time the spooky track intro is done, you'll be dropped into a dark daunting world and this album will have you under it's jurisdiction. Once your under, your treated to a very interesting squelchy synth riffs making you wonder. Sounds amazing.

'Slip Thru' seems to be most people's favourite track. The possessed sounding vocals make the whole track pretty eerie. I'm lead to believe that the spoken words that are repeated throughout the song are "Through your fist, slip" although it has been subject to much debate over the years.

Millennium's haunting intro is not to be taken lightly. Let the resonating synth and drum work that the track throws at you do the taking here.

'Glass Eye' has got to be the spookiest track on this whole LP. This one is not for the feint-hearted! Those eerie violin stings and throbbing bass will make hairs stand on end.

'Compound' is a rather fast paced track which makes the listener think that something big is about to go down! Those guitar riffs that start at 2:04 are very clever.

'Fixation' is a pounder! Moves at a nice pace and has plenty of romp whilst maintaining to album's vibe.

'Point Blank' is my pick for this LP. This is the tune that was built for this LP. Everything about this track impressed me. Excellent tune.

'Dozer' didn't really take me anywhere spectacular but it's still a great tune for the LP.

'Wormhole' is a pretty cruisy yet, funky tune to end up the LP on.

As the track final 'Lithosphere' commences, it begins to break through the walls of this bizarre cosmo the album built up and collapses it. Bringing you back to reality (like exiting the Matrix). Be warned though, it won't be a comfortable transition!

By the end of the whole journey, you'll only be longing to go back in and do it all again. But only if you dare do so!

I do believe that these CDs are getting hard to find too. The mix disk is worth a listen too if you enjoyed the album. I know I sure did!

Thanks to Ed Rush & Optical for such an album. 5/5 hands down!
renegadescot

renegadescot

May 29, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Wormhole, 5x12", Album, VRS 001 LP
A fantastic Album , simple tracks with alot of attitude . Dark but quirky/funky tunes that mix so well together . in modern techstep there is so much in the music that all you need is to mix and fade out ... however with older techstep creating music with clever mixing of basic-ish tracks is where its at . Take me back to 1998 if you build a time machine !