Various ‎– Hard Education


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
dnlp03 Various Hard Education(2x12", Comp) Downwards dnlp03 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DNLP03 Various Hard Education(2x12", Comp, TP) Downwards DNLP03 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DNCD3, dncd3 Various Hard Education(CD, Comp) Downwards, Downwards DNCD3, dncd3 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DNLP03 Various Hard Education(7xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Downwards DNLP03 UK Unknown


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April 12, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Hard Education, 2x12", Comp, dnlp03
The Hard Education comp is a perfect way to start a kinship with Downwards. The overall players from the early days of Downwards are featured in their full strength. Especially the Surgeon tracks stands out. Recommened are the Surgeon record Basicvocabulary if one should be interested in the similar Surgeon Era. Highly recommended.


June 18, 2009
referencing Hard Education, CD, Comp, DNCD3, dncd3

Another old favorite from Downwards, featuring its entire artist roster in one place; Surgeon, Regis, Portion Reform and Female each contribute two tracks. Anthony Childs does the honors of opening up with a techno monster, appliying a harp as the track's most prominent sound, giving his banger a really sinister and evil sound. Female's up next with a straight to the point minimal thumper: 4x4 beat patterns, little rhythmic sections and loud cymbals, all in the vein of his "Into the exotic" debut album. Regis drops a slightly more subtle tune, where this bleepy hook is combined with a harsh bass line and complex rhythms, although not really explosive. That part is saved for Portion Reform and their absolutely banging tune with a really crispy kick, with noises slowly and quietly rising from the background, but always less audiable than the percussion. Regis is back with another minimal tune, groovy bass line, with little variation in the music, except this rhythm pattern going up and down a note or two throughout the track. I like it, simple, repetitive and hypnotic, with the real deal being in the details. Female really comes at it with full might and brings a party rocker which cleverly samples a blowing wistle and some tribal drum patterns in the background, as a steady and relentless 4x4 gives you the rest. Something that really gets the crowd hyped. Portion Reform bring another tight and linear banger, only that this time around there are more sharp sounds and clicks layed all over. Surgeon literary seals things off (as well as your fate) with another harp painted piece, which sounds like Wes Craven's nightmare served to you on a silver plate. There are outbursts of unpolished percussion sounding like a dozen tanks with hostile intentions entering a peaceful village. The music then fades out, with the second part of the last track, the bonus track I suppose, starts at 08:05. It's a three and a half minutes of more minimal rhythmical percussive goodness, nothing to make your head spin, but a well deserved return to reality after Surgeon's absolutely outrageous music.
Overall it's a compilation well worth owning if you are into this dry, monotonous and percussive sound, the rest of you seeking melody, harmony or multi layered music might want to look elsewhere. Favorite tracks are 1, 6 and 8.


April 26, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Hard Education, 2x12", Comp, dnlp03

The Surgeon contributions on this release are exquisite. Utilising the harp as an element in a fairly hard techno release is brave and probably shouldn't work, but Surgeon pulls it off deftly and with great skill. The overall effect is Millsian but more organic; without the emphasis on a 'sci-fi'atmosphere.
An absolutely magical and unique piece of production that was probably the starting point of Surgeon's soiree into more experimental sounds as opposed to his previous clanging dancefloor escapades.