Hardcore Disco ‎– Hardcore Disco EP

Stay Up Forever ‎– S.U.F. 1:000 m.g.
Vinyl, 12", EP


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July 3, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

No reviews of this one yet, unsurprisingly, as this 12" is unlikely to be top of anyone's acid techno shopping list - which will at least partly be because there is no acid techno on here anyway. There's nothing to hate, but not much to like either - and it needs to be considered in the context of 1993-94 techno/trance.

The Liberators were clearly still trying to find their sound at this point, but they certainly hadn't found it here. They were obviously still experimenting with various styles at this point, and there's nothing wrong with that :) As far as I can remember, I think I am right in stating that they didn't even own a 303 at the start of the label, so the sounds here aren't really that surprising.

The mastering isn't great - all four tracks have differing volumes. While it may have been claimed later that some SUF releases were "made in a squat on drugs", it's actually obvious that they were made in a studio with quality equipment worth a 5-figure sum (don't forget that back in the late 1990s, a single DAT machine could still cost £1500+, whereas, a few years later, I picked up two of them for about £120 :-) ). However, the "made in a squat on drugs" statement probably was true back in 1994... lol.

A1 is techno-trance which uses synth lines which weren't exactly inspiring back in the day, but sound ridiculously dated now.

A2 is a breakbeat hardcore track which sounds like it was influenced by what Rising High were doing back in the early '90s, but isn't even close to the quality of tunes produced on that label.

AA1 and AA2 are better - but only if you like the kind of Goa-influenced hard trance which was popular in London at the time - if you remember wandering around Camden High Street/Camden Lock back in the mid-1990s, then this sound was everywhere. Not bad, but nothing remarkable either - probably the most usable of the two sides, but if you wanted to do a mid-90s hard trance set or mixtape, would you really want to use these two tracks? Of course not.

Perhaps the best thing about this record is to use it as a comparison to later releases, and to look back and see just how quickly they developed - and that development was not only quick, but astounding. Look back to this record and see just how quickly they developed that now-legendary London Acid Techno sound: to think that e.g. S.U.F. 11 was released just nine months later shows just how quickly they found their direction, and their ability to produce all-time classics.

Definitely for SUF completists only - and just because Discogs capitalists think it's worth £20, it doesn't mean it is.