Steve Bicknell ‎– Why? + For Whom? Redefined

Cosmic Records ‎– LR001R
Lost Recordings (3) – Redefined
Vinyl, 12"


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May 24, 2015
The Steve Bicknell Definition is a timeless piece of music.


April 26, 2015
Surgeon remake smashes through your brain with elemental energy. Totally relentless!


October 7, 2014
One of the finest techno remix packs ever committed to vinyl. Also, it's the one that should have set the example to everything that would ensue as to how it is properly done. Despite the fact this 12" contains four variations of the same theme, as the reviewer before me pointed out, trust me that there is enough funk, gravy and 'hold your breath' moments here, you won't mind sitting (or dancing your wig off) through.

Each of the three respective producers has his own game going on; Bickenll treads between minimalistic tendencies and an all absorbing funk. Slightly off kilter rhythmic passages, punctual bass drops, amazingly deep, hypnotic and simply dark driving sound, with wall to wall locked grooves from the kick off note until the end. Very compressed and tight production tricks - these are two DJ tools for the ages. If you're into Steve's work from around the turn of the millenium, then you know that this kind of restrained minimalism dominated his sets and the LOST parties. Timeless techno textures right here.

Surgeon brings what is my book unquestionably one of his top five remixes. We see mr. Child in top shape here, as he starts of his "Definition" with a harsh 4/4 drum pattern, but before you know it, the track transforms from a linear minimal banger into an all out, full fledged industrial assault that just keeps on stacking those drums and adding new layers until it finally breaks down around the three minute mark. Proper, deviant electronics from Birmingham at their finest. It' a cohesive combination of Surgeon's ability to combine fractured percussion with more conventional dance floor friendly elements, and fusing them in a manner that - when done right - his work is just as complex as it's purely enjoyable to wild out to. On his remix of this 1996 Steve Bickenll minimal masterpiece, Tony Child literary resurrects it as a steam train locomotive driven by nuclear reactors and not coal.

To end things, former Japanese hero Fumiya Tanaka brings acres of that far out, demented funk. Shuffled rhythms passages are combined with piercing siren sounds and erratic drums. It's as though the music was moving on in a disorderly manner, due to the all the mayhem Fuiya lays down, yet the end result clearly states how there is order through chaos. Bicknell's take was fodder for the minial heads, Surgeon's is for the industrial enthusiasts, while Tanaka's is for the lunatics who like to dance under the full moon somewhere around Mount Fuji. Or something...

You can hardly go wrong with this record. Just look at the label, look at the year of release and check out the parties involved. Hopefully I do not need to say more. This one belongs in the higher echelon's of the mighty Cosmic Records' back catalog.


October 22, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

An absolute corker of an ep. Every single variation on this record hits the spot. If you don't have a copy find one.
For me the Surgeon mix has to be the pick of the bunch. Starting of with a tight, hard minimal groove the percussion kicks in mid way through track and takes it to another level. Awesome.
It was my pleasure to see Steve Bicknell DJ for the first time this year, playing a tight, hard, minimal set of the highest qaulity.