Nitrate ‎– Maniac E.P.

Labworks Germany ‎– Lab 57
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 Nitration
A2 Acetones
B1 Paragon
B2 Electrolytes


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Lab 57 Nitrate Maniac EP(12", EP, W/Lbl, TP) Labworks Germany Lab 57 Germany 1993 Sell This Version



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January 30, 2010

This is some seriously demented stuff. Demented in a way that it messes with your mind, drills itself into your brain, and gives you the rest in a stray bullet. Nitration is like a nitroglicerin bomb pumping out of the speakers. Rotten hardcore with deeply disturbing acid synths and weirdo sequences topping each other with no logical explanation or reason. Talk about following no rules...
Acetones is a two and a half minute long number which starts at the exact same place where the last one stopped. Science fiction sound ran over by mad acid. Like music producers mistook their equipment for a chemistry field day and created a lethal combo by carelessly mixing their potions. Short, yet to the point and aggressive.
The B side starts with the downtempo Paragon. It has great melodies and sounds which literary float from one speaker right into the other, sorrounding you in no time. By the time that awesome lead drops at 01:50, you will be comfortably wrapped into an entire plethora of warmth.
The EP ends with Electrolytes, which is another banging, chemically driven old school gem, loaded with piercing and awkward sound effects dripping from all over. The pace is approaching light speed, while several interchangable elements engage into mental interplay.
Overall, it's no stone cold classic, but rest assured this ranks up there with the most daring and in your face Labworks releases. Completely out there, with no determined structure or goal, it just gives you a kick up the arse, unloading more techno fury and acid than you ever wanted to hear in approximately twenty minutes. If you enjoyed other stuff off this label, mainly the more sinister sounds like the ones displayed on Hemisphear's "Devoid of mental restrictions", then this is a compulsory listen.