By 2000, Scott Brown had a few things to think about, his beloved Scottish Hardcore scene was gone, Happy Hardcore was dying in England and around the world and there was the lucrative allure of the Hard House/Hard NRG scene which was massive at the time. He wasn't really doing much Gabber, Screwdriver Records closed in 1997 and Twisted Vinyl plodded along before becoming dormant in the late 90's. Enter Neophyte and Panic, good friends and the label owners, after an appearance on the previous Neophyte release, Scott was asked to submit his own tracks. The 10th release on Neophyte Records is Scott Brown's great comeback to Dutch Hardcore and Gabber music.
By far the biggest track on this record is Bass Be Louder, its a classic New Style Hardcore anthem. The start of the track has a more sombre feeling to it, as it breaks down it has an almost Darkcore tone but this changes into a massive dark-ish Trance lead melody! The melody is nicely sliced up giving it a more bouncy sound and there's now a much harder but well produced kickdrum joining the party. The middle of the tune sounds like something from his Traxtorm record, Break It Down, but its really a means to get to the last breakdown. This has an enjoyable oscillating riff and the bell sound effect is interesting. Excellent Hardcore and a prime example of New Style Hardcore which went on to be called Millennium Hardcore.
Despite how amazing Bass Be Louder is, my personal favourite is tucked away on the B-Side: Critical Level. The construction of the song is very similar to Bass Be Louder. The main breakdown has a slightly disquieting Pad sound which leads into a lovely dreamy synth melody, this slowly builds into another lush Trance melody and eventually becomes the centre piece to the track. The middle riff has a weird but simple vibe to it, does the job though. Overall, it shows you how good Scott Brown is at producing big melodies/synths/riffs. Another awesome Hardcore track.
Buckfast is caffeinated fortified wine and is one of many beverages consumed by Mr. Brown. The back of the record has some funny photos, my favourite being a very tired but mortified Lenny Dee sleeping in a kid's bed! The record was a big hit in the Hardcore scene and it seem to rejuvenate Scott to continue making more Hardcore Techno, which proved successful for him throughout the 2000's.