Boomkat Product Review:
21st anniversary edition of Regis’ totemic sophomore album on Downwards, newly remastered and recut with 3 bonus locked grooves. It's a crucial, definitive slab of late 90’s UK Techno.
Entirely remastered at D&M and cut with 3 bonus locked grooves, Karl O’Connor’s banging Regis 1998 blueprint is back in circulation for the techno ultras. The tracklist has been reshuffled from all previous versions; the A-side now runs thru ‘Hands of a Stranger’ and the cold pipes of ‘Disease Through Affection’, and is backed with the chewy grind of ‘Body Unknown’ and the tonkin’ hustle of ‘Barriers’, while the C-side revolves ‘Concentrate’ along with 3 hefty locked grooves and the D-side includes ‘Escape From Yourself’ and the panic-inducing trample of ‘Indifference’.
It hardly needs to be reiterated but this set includes some of the meanest, most iconic examples of late ‘90s UK techno, and more specifically, the Birmingham sound that Regis forged so definitively with this album, alongside efforts by his peers, Surgeon, Female, and Mick Harris. If you weren’t party to the original pressing, this one stands out thanks to the remastering, which really highlights the pebbledash grain and clangorous industrial atmospheres of the original recordings, which set this record and sound apart from pretty much anything else we heard at that time - and still pushing all our buttons two decades later.