Subtitled: "Remixes by London Acid Techno Mafia".
All tracks produced at The Punishment Farm, London.
A-side runout etchings: "OR", "[email protected]'S".
AA-side runout etchings: "JOHN PEEL - 'WE LOVE YOU'", "PAULS' CUTZ".
Catalogue number is listed on the sleeve as "SUFR 13".
Durations not listed on release.
Another excellent and underrated SUFR release, yet it's one which seems to sell for very little compared to some (much poorer) tunes released in e.g. 2003-2008.
As Chuggnuts says, it's worth buying just for "Radio On One" alone. But there's not one bad track on here.
I didn't hear the broadcast of this Peel session, but listening to this got me wondering: what happened to the Lab 4 Peel session? I used to have it on cassette (taped off the radio), but it's never been formally released as far as I know. Really annoying, because it was great!
I have to agree with Mr.TomServo, this seems to be a little underappreciated. Even if for some bizarre reason you didn't like the three remixed tracks (all three are really good, more like respectful updates than complete remixes) if you like a track to be lead by a strong acid line that gradually builds, then it's worth buying just for radio on one alone.
A lesser-appreciated release from SUFR, it seems to me.
Radio On One---the only original tune on the release---is bright, acidic, and full of boundless energy in that mid-to-late '90s SUF style. Sort of a frenetic feel to the track too, almost as if there's an emergency happening somewhere, and the only prescription is more acid techno (my apologies to Christopher Walken). Rocking track.
The Undulator 23 remix is a deep techno rumbler, quite similar to the original but with an enhanced industrial vibe, adding to the overall gritty atmosphere. If a mechanical factory was a person and could produce techno, it would make this track. Heavy, hard, but not overly evil, this tune is determined and no-nonsense in its approach. I think this remix actually surpasses the original, even. Top track.
So, the original Urban & Free is one of my very favorite SUF tracks precisely because it really captures that mid '90s SUF acid-techno-meets-acid-trance style that is so fantastic and hard to replicate. So the bar was admittedly very high for this remix. And in the early stages, it sounds mostly similar to the original with that unmistakable and quite brilliant acid line, though the bassline that soon creeps in is a bit rougher. But the real difference between this and the OG track comes in the form of twisted, mangled synths, dirty and delicious at the same time. Phew, when I first heard this version, the synth-filth almost overwhelmed my brain, and I decided I much preferred the original ... but I kept listening to the track, and within a few days (maybe a week or two), I reversed course on that thought and really came to love this remix. It's like if you took the original masterpiece and injected a cocktail of drugs straight into its skull. Filthy, filthy business.
As with Urban and Free, the original Psycho Thrill is one that I remember from my very earliest techno days. It's another fierce, frantic masterpiece in classic mid '90s SUF style. And as with Urban and Free, the brilliant original is taken and deep-fried in multiple layers of techno filth for this remix compilation. It actually sounds as if some of the attitude and menace from The Pimp, the Pusher, and the Panther was infused into Psycho Thrill. I'm not sure whether I prefer this to the original---it's a toss-up---but it's a filthy beast in its own right, and you'd be foolhardy to resist its power.
All in all, not a passable tune in the bunch. Get this while you can.