Liberator DJ's* ‎– Radio On One John Peel Session

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Stay Up Forever Remix ‎– S.U.F.R .13, Stay Up Forever Remix ‎– SUFR 13
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2 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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A Liberator DJ's* Radio On One
Written-By – Aaron Liberator, Chris Liberator, Julian Liberator
7:30
AA Creeper Undulator 23
Remix – Chris Liberator, D.A.V.E. The Drummer, Lawrie ImmersionWritten-By – Chris Liberator, D.A.V.E. The Drummer
6:52
AAA Dynamo City Urban + Free
Remix – Aaron Liberator, Guy 'Geezer' McAffer*, Paul Harding
6:20
AAAA Carbine Psycho Thrill
Remix – DDR, Gizelle, Julian Liberator
8:09

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Subtitled: "Remixes by London Acid Techno Mafia".
All tracks produced at The Punishment Farm, London.
A-side runout etchings: "OR", "PAULS@PORKY'S".
AA-side runout etchings: "JOHN PEEL - 'WE LOVE YOU'", "PAULS' CUTZ".
Catalogue number is listed on the sleeve as "SUFR 13".
Durations not listed on release.

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Mr.TomServo

Mr.TomServo

May 15, 2017
edited 4 months ago

A lesser-appreciated release from SUFR, it seems to me.

Radio On One---the only original tune on the release---is bright, acidic, and full of boundless energy in that mid-to-late '90s SUF style. Sort of a frenetic feel to the track too, almost as if there's an emergency happening somewhere, and the only prescription is more acid techno (my apologies to Christopher Walken). Rocking track.

The Undulator 23 remix is a deep techno rumbler, quite similar to the original but with an enhanced industrial vibe, adding to the overall gritty atmosphere. If a mechanical factory was a person and could produce techno, it would make this track. Heavy, hard, but not overly evil, this tune is determined and no-nonsense in its approach. I think this remix actually surpasses the original, even. Top track.

So, the original Urban & Free is one of my very favorite SUF tracks precisely because it really captures that mid '90s SUF acid-techno-meets-acid-trance style that is so fantastic and hard to replicate. So the bar was admittedly very high for this remix. And in the early stages, it sounds mostly similar to the original with that unmistakable and quite brilliant acid line, though the bassline that soon creeps in is a bit rougher. But the real difference between this and the OG track comes in the form of twisted, mangled synths, dirty and delicious at the same time. Phew, when I first heard this version, the synth-filth almost overwhelmed my brain, and I decided I much preferred the original ... but I kept listening to the track, and within a few days (maybe a week or two), I reversed course on that thought and really came to love this remix. It's like if you took the original masterpiece and injected a cocktail of drugs straight into its skull. Filthy, filthy business.

As with Urban and Free, the original Psycho Thrill is one that I remember from my very earliest techno days. It's another fierce, frantic masterpiece in classic mid '90s SUF style. And as with Urban and Free, the brilliant original is taken and deep-fried in multiple layers of techno filth for this remix compilation. It actually sounds as if some of the attitude and menace from The Pimp, the Pusher, and the Panther was infused into Psycho Thrill. I'm not sure whether I prefer this to the original---it's a toss-up---but it's a filthy beast in its own right, and you'd be foolhardy to resist its power.

All in all, not a passable tune in the bunch. Get this while you can.