Spiritual Combat ‎– Hellrazor EP

R & S Records ‎– RS 92017
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM


Black Side
A Pro-Black 6:00
Silver Side
B1 Rat-Trap 3:05
B2 Raw Basics 5:03

Companies, etc.



Mixed at High Pressure Jam Territories 2 FFM

It should be noted that initial copies of this release were shipped without
any sleeve, or in some cases with a generic or company sleeve.
Copies that came in the intended picture sleeve seem to be
in far fewer numbers than those otherwise.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): RS 92017- A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): RS 92017. B¹
  • Rights Society: Sabam


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July 24, 2019

Marc Acardipane at his most experimental here. 3 tracks that will do a fine job of sucking the listener(s) into a trip of excellent sounds!
1 techno, 2 weird breakbeat tracks! After nearly 3 decades, this still sounds like it came from the future!


September 22, 2017
All about Raw Basics on this release for me. Absolutely incredible mix of funk, abrasiveness, techno and breaks.


January 17, 2017

Apparently quite a few of these were shipped in just a flimsy paper inner sleeve
due to the print job for the proper sleeve being delayed for some reason. In fact
I didn't even realize this release was intended to have a picture sleeve until I
happened by chance to come across one about two years later while browsing
through some unsold store stock that had been relinquished to the clearance bin.
This is definitely one of those records that merits owning two copies of for doing
extended re-edit mixes on the fly. Not many DJ's in my area paid much attention
to this when it first came out, which was surprising to me when you consider the
success of releases like "Digeridoo" by Aphex Twin which appeared right about
the same time as this did, and had much in common in terms of the overall
production style that they employed. The compatibility factor that these two
releases in particular shared was so obvious to me at the time, yet for
whatever reason, "Spiritual Combat" simply did not gain the attention it
certainly should have when it came out. To this day it remains an
underground obscurity of the highest stature among'st those DJ's
who were graced with copies of it. And for good reason, because
even now 25 years on, the material on this EP still stands up pretty well
when played in the right in the right context with much more recent
material, which is huge when you consider the vast amount of techno
music that has been churned out since 1990. And with the larger
percentage of that material being more or less un-listenable at this
point owing to the rather dated sounding results which tend to be
overly evident when played in combination with current productions.
There is no doubt that Acardipane aka The Mover is considered one
of the most prolific techno producers of the early 90's era, yet the
Spiritual Combat EP continues to be one of his lesser known releases
and seems to be almost criminally undervalued in the Discogs market place.
So If you don't already own a copy, then now is the time to grip it because
I can guarantee you that is going to change over time


August 6, 2010
Top EP, but yes, B1 is indeed the monster...juicy TB-303,awesome sub bass, one of the best breakbeats ever [JB's Soul Pride] and tasty musique-concrete/electronic sounds : )


January 2, 2009

Can't believe no-one has reviewed this yet. A classic R&S release, slipped under the radar for a lot of folk. I bought this on the strength of it being The Mover (see the PCP EP, also on R&S - beg/steal/borrow a copy of that); hell, at the time I bought most of the stuff on R&S. They could have released the sound of a seal farting, slapped an 'Order to dance' record jacket on it, and I would probably have parted with hard cash for it; luckily, most R&S tunes at the time were worth the money. So, the record itself ? A1 a weird, breakbeat track, ahead of its time, way ahead. B1, however, is the one for me; very weird, jazzy monster, and like A1 a precursor to d'n'b; it's what Sun-Ra might have come up with had he been working in Eurotechno in the early 1990s. B2 rounds off a classic 12; a great fusion of simple, early-Chicago rhythm with a Eurotech / early-breakbeat sensibility. Don't know if this was re-issued in 2006 like many of the other classics - if not, just get it anyway.