Surgeon ‎– Dry

Dynamic Tension Records ‎– DTR006
Vinyl, 12", EP


Companies, etc.


  • Mastered ByCGB*

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A): MPO DTR 006 A2 CGB@D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B): MPO DTR 006 B

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DTR006 Surgeon Dry(4xFile, MP3, 320) Dynamic Tension Records DTR006 UK Unknown
DTR006 Surgeon Dry(4xFile, WAV, EP) Dynamic Tension Records DTR006 UK Unknown
DTR006 Surgeon Dry(12", EP, RP) Dynamic Tension Records DTR006 UK Unknown Sell This Version
DTR006 Surgeon Dry(12", EP, W/Lbl) Dynamic Tension Records DTR006 UK 1999 Sell This Version



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June 21, 2011

A1 is the toughest, most linear no nonsense techno work out Surgeon ever released on his Dynamic Tension imprint. While he already had quite a few stellar bomb shells recorded up to that point in his career (Intro Version 2, Badger Bite, Move, Cable, Circles, Set Two, Scorn - and what not), most, if not all, of those relied on extravagant use of demented synths, abstract rhythmic structures, challenging and haphazard percussion arrangements which upon initial listens sounded like they had no fixed or regular course, while this cut drops all experimental aspects and assails with a determined hard tribal bass line backed up by furious basic 4x4 beats and multiple cut ups. Picture a tougher version of Ben Sims. In fact, if you really dig this tune, and I love it, I can only tell you to track down a copy of Ben Sims "Oblivion / City Life (Remixes)" release on Primate [PRMT 071], as the title track on that one is very much along the lines of A1 here.

A2 is a close second. Not as thumping, yet just as intense as the previous number, Surgeon does his tension trickery with the most of skill here. The beats are slightly less sharp seeing, but it is the passage on the surface that relentlessly pulsates along never toning it down for a second. Short piece, but a great futuristic, hydraulic track which has stood the tooth of time better than I could have imagined.

The B side, in my opinion, is not as interesting. Maybe that's taking it too far, as virtually anything I've heard released on Dynamic Tension around that time was in one way or the other stimulating and absorbing, but neither one of the two tracks possess the imperious authority of A1, or the thought provoking, cold harshness of A2. That said, the last tune remains chance worthy, due to its refined flow, head nodding beat and unobtrusive synth lines.
However, techno purists and ardent dancers, as well as DJs who are still after merciless stuff we all love getting subdued to, will need to lend this one a pair of ears for the A side alone. Trust me, it's wort it!