Gaiden ‎– Hit The Switch

Music Man Records ‎– MM 071
2 × Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A Hit The Switch 6:47
B Glory Days 5:30
C Point Blank 4:50
D The Syndicate 6:20

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Mastered at Audio Strategy.

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June 6, 2015

Played this just last night. Wall to wall techno energy you hardly get these days. Sad, but true. With the exception of the wonderful Speedy J remix, this has all the Gaiden gravy you could ever wish for. Hit The Switch just spirals out of control with its frenetic drive and an unbelievable build up. It's almost a tormenting experience waiting for the percussion to kick in, but once it does, hand in hand with the abrasive industrial overtones, this is unstoppable.

Speaking of which, scope out Point Blank. This is unquestionably the best track this duo has ever come up with, and is in my book one of the last decade's techno highlights. More or less, every other tune they've churned out for the album tries to emulate the staggering energy and austere toughness of this banger and the one mentioned above. This simply exudes nasty brilliance. Ballsy, hard, noisy, with deadly drops unstoppably bursting forth. Rudimental techno energy. I never got tried of this track. It has aged like good wine, although it's not something for daily listening sessions.

Glory Days is a tough off beat work out. Not quite on the level of the previous two tunes, but then again looking back at the time, not much else is. Vocal snippets tossed over malevolent fractured drum patterns are on the menu. There was plenty of this stuff around, and while this might have worked wonders back in the day, and it definitely outlines the whole off-kilter aesthetic, it's simply not front row material as the numbers already mentioned. The Syndicate is pretty uninspired in my opinion, completely ruining an otherwise adequate track with an incredibly cheesy, guitar like riff tossed into the mix at various points during the track. Appalling effort. Can hardly believe that this can be on the same piece of wax as Point Blank. This track was then reworked and released on their "Walking On Wires" album, with the results being much more rewarding.

The side "A" and "C" tracks are absolute classics in my opinion, with Point Blank slowly entering the pantheon of techno music. There are a few records that pop into my mind when I think back of 2000/01/02, but this one is unmistakably there time after time. Although this type of stuff is not really suitable for modern demands of the dance floor, and - let's be honest - most of the kids partying out today would spill their twenty euro cocktails all over the wall if you played this for them, this firmly remains the type of the record that you play to a group of close friends your age, and giggle fondly. Why? Well, because back in 2001, you were headbanging to this stuff weekend in weekend out. Some things are better left alone in order for them to age with grace. Heavenly infernal techno from the dungeons for the ages right here.