Rue East ‎– Indoor Culture

Pure Plastic ‎– pp038
CD, Album


1 Intro 1:28
2 We Need Air 4:52
3 Bell 1:35
4 Winter 7:21
5 Bashmen 6:39
6 Stern Promise 7:50
7 Toothbrush 6:39
8 Four Four 5:03
9 Birmingham 6:17
10 Three In One 5:18
11 March 4:43
12 Snug Bar 6:24
13 All Good 4:41

Companies, etc.



All tracks written and produced at UXB Studios London
Special thanks to Anthony Child/Ben Sims/Claude Young

Worldwide distribution by Integrale Muzique

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L033
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1201
  • Matrix / Runout: [MPO logo] PP038CD @@@ 01 20011015 1644 @@@ 4

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PP038LP Rue East Indoor Culture(2x12", TP, W/Lbl) Pure Plastic PP038LP UK 2001 Sell This Version
PP038LP Rue East Indoor Culture(2x12") Pure Plastic PP038LP UK 2001 Sell This Version



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March 28, 2011

As far as UK techno goes, "Indoor culture" is at the absolute top of the heap. A vast improvement upon their debut, "Summer of blood", this one displays all the production knowledge these two veterans accumulated throughout the years. From the beatless opener, the first half of the album mainly displays harmonic, heavily Detroit tinged melody heavy techno, perfect for home listening. Winter and We Need Air remind of the beloved solo album by Mark Broom, and due to their somewhat more soulful tip, they wouldn't be misplaced on a Kenny Larkin full length.
With Stern Promise, one of the most breath taking pieces here, the sound veers to new exciting places. While the first part of the track is rhythmically dense off beat madness, halfway through the music breaks down and resurges as a stomping, rolling minimal party cut of the highest order.
However, from there on, this album is off the chain. Oppressive, at times uplifting and melodic, but then monotonous and dry. Geographically located somewhere between the heart of Detroit and Birmingham, a fine line between Planet E/Downwards.
Speaking of Birmingham, the album's most known track and an epochal club killer, one of the defining UK techno cuts with a lead which cannot be imitated without being completely jacked, and an overall latin-tribal flavor which was copied a fair thousand times since then. By far one of the most original and trenchant cuts to have emerged out of the gray country. It was remixed by virtually every large name on UK's techno map.
That said, if you like that one, you should probably grab this album on both, CD and vinyl, as Birmingham is not an exception here, but a general rule. Yes sir, you read that right! There is so much quality techno on here, I can hardly hold my enthusiasm back. There isn't a single track here which wouldn't do wonders on the dance floor, yet simultaneously sound just as great in your bed room. Check out that effective shuffled sequence on Four Four, or the shiny melody work on the otherwise thumping Toothbrush, the wonderful, lush breakdown on the slightly off-kilter Three In One, the pure rhythmical drive of March, the funky tribal feel good vibes manifested with Snug Bar or the rapid, nervous closing number All Good - this album is just that, and so much more!

My verdict would be getting this album regardless of the cost. It's not even hard to track down, and for the money you'll be paying I can guarantee that you'll be exposed to some of the finest techno ever to have been forged in the UK. Similar recommendations would be Ruskin's "Into Submission", the gorgeous "Angie is a shoplifter" by Mark Broom, the evergreen "Communications" by the mighty Surgeon or the classic "Defining the symptom" by the 65D Mavericks. This album really presents techno as it deserves to be. Rich, textured, interesting and unafraid to be confined or stigmatized in a unrewarding category such as "pure club fodder" or "intellectual living room" turd. Rue East go all out, and bring forward a sound which will work at almost any given occasion.
You must have gotten it by now. I really like this album, and if you're a fan of the UK breed of techno, this is one of its finest offerings, and missing out on it would only do damage to your collection. Job extremely well done here!