OpticalMoving 808s / High Tek Dreams

Label:Prototype Recordings – PRO 009
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass


AMoving 808s
AAHigh Tek Dreams

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[P] Prototype Recordings (UK) Ltd 1997.
[C] Prototype Recordings (UK) Ltd 1997.

Made in England.

Issued in a die cut sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 035628 000168 >
  • Barcode (String): 5035628000168>
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): PRO · 009 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA runout, etched): PRO · 009 AA1

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Moving 808s / High Tek Dreams (12", 45 RPM, White Label)Prototype RecordingsPRO 009UK1997



  • kazong's avatar
    Easy top 10 all time 4 me! Can not even explain, the flow is mind-bending...
    • Radge's avatar
      This is Optical at his very best! Prototype was such a futuristic label at this time, I can't wait for people to rediscover these tracks. "Moving 808s" is more about sound design and technical detail rather than high energy dance floor potential. Listen to it on a car stereo with a great subwoofer. "High Tek Dreams" is astonishing, like the sound of robots and androids celebrating the demise of humanity.
      • salem1977
        High Tek Dreams FTW on this with those zappy/grimey sounds.. What a 'riddim', but the flip is on par too. Classic/S
        • Bigchamp69's avatar
          Nice "12" this!! Both sides are fresh even today they would blast most new school drum n bass. Opticals production upto his usual high standards.
          • naggini's avatar
            All about 'Moving 808s' for me - the Detroit influence, the acid house influence, converge into something unique. Incredible production skills. 'High Tek Dreams' is a bit noisy and brash for my taste, a bit doomcore.
            • croftots's avatar
              orijahnalsound ---- If " To shape the future " was his best , then he's pretty crap by my standards.
              • Edited 17 years ago
                Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I begin, I am completely sober. That said, I will now discuss what is, in my humble opinion, Optical's shining moment, "his pinnacle of perfection" if you will, "High Tek Dreams". Now I know that many of you out there will moan and try to convince yourselves that "To Shape the Future" is his best work, but let's set a precedent that all of our politicians should follow and be honest, on the creativity/rockin' your ballsack tip, this tune is hands down a tour de force of drums and devastating basslines. It's a tune so brilliant that the dancefloor, your bedroom or your mom's house is instantly transformed into that opening scene of the first Terminator movie, you know the scene, with the really bad but still kick ass special effects, humans running for cover getting all kinda fucked up in a futuristic world that they cannot win in. And just as the Terminator does to that skull in the same scene, your skull too will be crushed, but in a good way.

                From the opening drum pattern youre already hooked, shit, before you even put the record on youve already noticed four very important things: 1. Its a Prototype record, 2. Its by Optical, 3. Ed Rush has nothing to do with this record thereby saving it from the shitter and 4. It was produced in 1997 which any DnB head will tell you was a very, very good year indeed.

                Now, once you've placed this tune on the platter youre waiting for one thing, the BIG drop and once you hear it, you then begin to realize that I am certainly justified in my praise and you will send me emails of praise thanking me estaticily for turning you on to this record. And really, if it is your first time hearing the ultimate in Optical tuneage then I evny you, I really do.


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