Boomkat Product Review:
Thank f**k for Dark Entries reissues, making Lhasa’s sought-after New Beat/proto-rave debut affordable for the first time since 1989, and backed with four unreleased aces salvaged from DAT, no less!
Arriving in the wake of Stroom’s reissue of Lhasa’s 1990 zinger ‘The Attic’, the killer ‘Acetabularia’ session scrolls back to Alain Raes’ first studio sessions as Lhasa, joined by vocalist and conceptualist Kris Tremmery for two spunky joints that arrived right on the cusp of New Beat turning into Hard Beat, laying the foundations for the Euro-rave epoch. Better still for those who know, the four bonus tracks from 1990 demonstrate just how quickly styles moved on back then, as the BPMs and production detail ramp in intensity, following the feedback loop of ravers and producers pushing themselves to darker, hardcore ecstasies.
Seriously this is quite the reissue. We would be chuffed enough with the newly remastered versions of Lhasa’s Dr. Strangelove-sampling New Beat hunch, ‘Acetabularia’ and its Detroit-skooled sibling ‘Acetatechno’, but the bonuses just send it into orbit, reeling from the epic, lip-smacking Goa trance velocity of of ‘Into The Desert’, to the strobe lit rave-techno pressure of ‘Gather Like Dust’ and the sexier movement of ‘Premonition’ and the Derrick May/B12-esque beauty ‘The Call’.