Boomkat Product Review:
UK rave architects Fabio & Grooverider dish up another haul of late ‘80s and early ‘90s nuggets that formed the template for contemporary club culture. Part 3 in this essential series is a big hit of nostalgia for older heads and equally takes yung gurners to skool with an essential flux of US garage, Detroit techno, and early UK trance-electronica, all remastered and newly cut to vinyl for optimal pressure.
On disc 1, Landlord’s foundational anthem ’I Like It (Blow Out Dub)’ - responsible for the heavily-sampled “Landlord” riff - is locked and loaded next to the eccie-triggering Detroit classic ‘Straight Outta Hell (Hellhound Mix)’ by Tronikhouse, and the ruddy swagger of 33 1/3 Queen’s bugged-out killer ‘Searchin’’, which Fabio & Grooverider call “One of the best tunes of the ‘90s. Superb”
Disc 2 brings a deeper flex with the tucked hustle of Richie Rich’s spooked ‘Salsa House’ and the crispy, breaks-driven rave soul of Debbie Malone’s ‘Rescue Me (Club Mix)’, before rounding off with Neon’s Belgian rave staple ‘Don’t Mess With This Beat (Instrumental Mix)’, which would come to serve ‘core elements to 2 Bad Mice, while FSOL’s ‘Papua New Guinea’ surely brings a tear to the eye.
Worth bearing in mind that at the time, Fabio & Grooverider put their own spin on all these tracks by pitching them up and cutting them together in-the-mix, tying formerly mutually exclusive strands into a syncretic formula which was radical back then and has evidently withstood the test of time.
All killer, no filler!