Rufige Cru* ‎– Darkrider

Reinforced Records ‎– RIVET 1224
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


This Side
A1 Darkrider
A2 Believe
Other Side
AA1 Menace
AA2 Jim Skreech

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Mixed & Produced at Mekon Studios

From label:
Respec'z to 'Don' the Darkrider, Fabio, Randall, Mach III, Kemistry, Storm, T-Tec, Jo-Jo, Stu, Mom, Kris the Biscuit, Music Power Kru, Gus, Firetown Massives, Spuda, my son Jamie... All the Underground Hardcore Kru!! Hold it Down Big Yo to Massive!! AGI, & the Ice Posse.

Track A1 samples:
Dialogue from Star Wars: Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi

Track A2 samples:
Vocal from Mimmo Mix ft. Valerie Etienne - All Your Love
Vocal from Lisa Mitchell - Rescue Me

Track AA1 samples:
Vocal from Urban Soul - He's Always (FX Mix)
Bleeps from Sweet Exorcist - Clonk's Coming

Track AA2 samples:
Vocal from New York Citi Peech Boys - Life Is Something Special

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 021260 122467 >
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings): PR-M

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RIVET 1224 CD Rufige Cru* Darkrider(CD, Single) Reinforced Records RIVET 1224 CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Rufige Kru Dettra Ep - Darkrider(Acetate, 12") Reinforced Records none UK 1992 Sell This Version
RIVET 1224 DJ Rufige Cru* Darkrider(12", Promo) Reinforced Records RIVET 1224 DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version


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August 5, 2017
Massive - proper rolling hitter which still hits all the marks....


June 24, 2017
Proper classic - end of! Production is absolutely killer - this still stands strong and contemporary...


April 2, 2017
Menace takes a LARGE chunk from Roland Clark/Urban Souls "Alright"


November 29, 2015

What can be said of this EP? There had been exploratory efforts into dark hardcore previous, but many were not ready for this! The thing about it is that it's not all dark, Darkrider was the obvious cut and (deservedly) got played immensely, but every other track was quality material, no duds present on this 12". But the one that seemed to have the longest legs was Menace, a Randall/AWOL favourite that had so much juice it rained from the speakers all through the rest of '92 and well into '93.. A rare distinction held by very few records.


March 21, 2015

Does anyone know a good tune to mix with Menace (without spoiling the intro)? :)


March 19, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
In my belief, this Ep has a melancholic tone all over the tunes. If we exclude "Darkrider" as being more dark, the other 3 tunes, especially both tunes on b side have almost depressive pads and downside synth vocals and stabs. I personaly dont like this EP so much as it cant be compared with their earlier awesome "Killer Muffin/Crisp buiscuit" or the absolute "Terminator EP" released later in that year. But each on their own taste.


October 28, 2014
Probably my favourite Goldie release


October 15, 2013
edited 4 months ago

Darkrider is an amazing track! Darkside hardcore full of style and Guts is the whole 12 to be fair Darkrider and Menace specially, Jim Skreech for me is the weaker of the four tunes. I love the effortless way the tunes on this 12 switch up constantly, crazy composing skills! Musically 92-93 was an amazing period of time on Reinforced records, so much quality!


January 16, 2013
Probably the best piece of hardcore darkness ever. I go back to the paradise club in my mind every time I hear it and thems damn good memories!


August 27, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Pretty sure it was influenced by the original Dark Side tune ;-)