Acen

Acen

Real Name:
Syed Ahsen Razvi
Profile:
Acen was an early 1990s UK rave and hardcore breakbeat techno producer.
It was with Production House that Acen released his first hit "Close Your Eyes", which instantly became a hardcore breakbeat anthem. In quick succession Acen released tunes such as "Trip II The Moon", "Window In The Sky" and his debut album "75 Minutes". "Trip II The Moon" is Acen's landmark release, it’s popularity in the club scene ensured that only a trilogy of remix releases could satisfy public demand. It remains a key record in DJs' record boxes to this day. Even though Acen's releases were not licensed to majors, remaining on Production House, "Close Your Eyes" went on to be Music Week's Dance Single of the Year and "Trip II the Moon" went Top 40 in 1992. Later Acen experimented with Drum n Bass releasing tracks such as "No More" and "116.7" on Warner's subsidiary F-111. More recently however, he can be seen behind the lens directing/cutting films and music promos. Acen's latest release "Dirty Raver" (2004) appeared on Rennie Pilgrem's TCR label of which, the video was also directed by himself.
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Acen Discography

Albums

Acen 75 Minutes (Album, Comp) Profile Records US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Acen Close Your Eyes ('XXX' Mix) / Close Your Eyes (Vitamin 'E' Mix) Production House UK 1991 Sell This Version
Acen Trip II The Moon Part.. 2 (Single) Production House, Production House UK 1992 Sell This Version
Acen Trip II The Moon (Kaleidoscopiklimax) (Single) Production House UK 1992 Sell This Version
Acen Trip II The Moon - Part 1 (Single) Production House UK 1992 Sell This Version
Acen Window In The Sky Parts One & Two (Single) Production House UK 1993 Sell This Version
PNT 034 R-A, PNT 051 A-2 Acen Close Your Eyes / Window In The Sky(12", MP) Production House, Production House PNT 034 R-A, PNT 051 A-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
PRO-7413 Acen Window In The Sky / Trip II The Moon / Close Your Eyes(12") Profile Records PRO-7413 US 1994 Sell This Version
Acen 116.7 Higher Education US 1999 Sell This Version
0-44795 Acen Cylon(12") Higher Education 0-44795 US 1999 Sell This Version
Acen Cryonic Coma Dune Recordings Canada 2000 Sell This Version
RM002 Acen Moonquake / Bloodsucker(12") Redmaster Records RM002 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Acen What? F3 Recordings UK 2002 Sell This Version
UNREAL 3 Acen Licka EP(12", EP, Promo) Unreal Recordings UNREAL 3 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Acen Dirty Raver (Single) Thursday Club Recordings (TCR) UK 2004 Sell This Version
VIPCLASSICS-1032, VIP CLASSICS GOLD 1032 Acen / DJ Seduction Acen / DJ Seduction - Close Your Eyes / Hardcore Heaven(12") VIP Classics, VIP Classics VIPCLASSICS-1032, VIP CLASSICS GOLD 1032 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
ACEP1 Acen The Hits EP(12", W/Lbl, EP) Not On Label ACEP1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Acen Surrender(12", S/Sided) Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Acen The Best Of Acen (Comp) Little Dragon Recordings UK 2009

Miscellaneous

B004AC45R8 Acen Dat Tape Demos 92-97(8xFile, MP3, 320) Acenworks B004AC45R8 UK 2010

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john.palczewski.92

john.palczewski.92

June 26, 2015
Legendary!. A genius in sampling. Helped set the mood for what was to come (but never even came close).
Back2nite

Back2nite

September 14, 2013
Amazing, tunes that I come back to over the years, they where far ahead of there time that is why they stood out from the crowd, the James bond samples was just pure genius for the time, blew me away when I first heard, love all of Acen earlier stuff 91-94.
Jarren

Jarren

February 24, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
Acen Razvi is one of the founders of the early 90's UK breakbeat rave sound that progressed into drum & bass.

The Trip To The Moon trilogy and Close Your Eyes (XXX & Optikonfusion!) alone are reason enough to place Acen right at the top of the UK rave scene circa 1991-1992.

He took samples that were already established (the Amen break, the "Mr. Kirk, Your Son Is Dead" speech from Think - Once You Understand).

He took samples that were outrageously dangerous for his label (The Doors - Celebration Of The Lizard, The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun).

He took samples that no-one else thought of (sampling the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice". Twice.).

Acen put all these samples together, and like a true alchemist, produced something that was uniquely stunning.

Respect.
MXMATT1969

MXMATT1969

December 14, 2009
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