Recursion ‎– Overdrive

Recursion Records ‎– RECURSION 1
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


Track A2 samples 'License to Kill' Gladys Knight



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October 31, 2018
edited 3 months ago

The idea behind the Recursion EP was to unleash new hardcore to the masses in the form of two conventional tracks (Overdrive & Mix A2) and also two abstract tracks (Running & Beyond My Dreams).

The tracks were written between 1998 and 2000, using Fast Tracker 2, an old MS-DOS based music tracker.

Around this time, there were a series of EPs that sprung up from the oldschool mailing list:

* Matt Robinson's Bassquake EP
* Alien Eye's Found a Cafe
* Penfold's Ectopic Beats

All the above EPs had their roots in a pair of CDs compiled by Mike Ash (of Rising High/Moving Shadow) and distributed by post in the late 90s.

Fast Tracker was also used to make Found a Cafe and some of the tracks on the Bassquake EP. It was a dirty popular tool, but led to rather muddy sounding production and offered a complete lack of EQ and mixdown.

In total the EP sold around 300 copies, and I just about covered the pressing costs. Well, once I chased Mo's Music Machine for months who rebranded as AlphaMagic and tried to forget about paying me...

Amusingly, I had e-mails from people who had bought the EP in HMV of all places, so they did a reasonable job I suppose.

Track Notes

Overdrive has it's moments. I would have done a lot of things differently now though. Some of the noises are a bit feeble, and the drums are way too muddy in the mixdown (not that there was one).

I'm Still Running samples the beats from the animated Transformers Movie and adds a healthy dose of Licence To Kill. I was somewhat inspired by Acen and also Vinylgroover's 'License To Party' happy hardcore track.
The latter was pretty crap, and I thought I could do a more interesting job.
Musically I think this track is pretty good, despite not having a keyboard to write it on.

Mix A2 (Be One Remix) is a remix of a track called "Mix A2" from Interface/Mike Ash's Toytown EP on Rising High. He was compiling the oldschool list CDs, so I just happened to remix one of his tracks.

Beyond My Dreams was a bit of a wild adventure, sampling chunks of Walking In The Air, a ZX Spectrum computer loading (the wobbly bassline bits), The 60s Batman soundtrack, some techno records, Eon, and so forth.
Definitely not dancefloor friendly though!