Boomkat Product Review:
The final part of an essential pack compiled by UK rave pioneers Fabio & Grooverider, spanning the spectrum of early ‘90s Dutch house, US garage & techno, UK hardcore and jungle zingers
Cherry picked by legendary rave figureheads Fabio & Grooverider, Part 4 spends their last barrels of badness in a patented mix of Hi-Tek Detroit soul, foundation-shaking bleep ’n bass and unmissable rushes of hardcore junglist brilliance that still works the pants off any ‘floor worth its bassbins. For anyone over the age of 30 in the UK, whether absorbed osmotically or ingested religiously, it’s a deeply familiar sound that has reverberated from cars, radios, clubs, fields and warehouses for a lifetime, and still supplies a bounty of inspiration to new generations of ravers searching for *that* sensation.
There’s some outright all-time classics in the 4th and final volume of 2019’s most vital retrospective. We’re talking mainly about side C with its knockout one-two of Brainkillers’ deeeep jungle bullet ‘Screwface’ and an early appearance from Basement Jaxx’s Simon Ratcliffe as Tic Tac Toe with ‘Ephemerol’, while the final side leaves us a mess with Ability II’s seminal ‘Pressure Dub’ into the pie-eyed innocence of ‘Don’t Go’ by Awesome 3. Factor in the Detroit galvanic of the Mayday mix for De-Lite’s ‘Wild Times’, and the bolshy brass of ‘Living In Darkness’ by Top Buzz and you have a definitive taste of an unprecedented time and place in UK culture. To use an old Manc term, it’s the fucking lick.
Salute Fabio & Grooverider each and every.