Boomkat Product Review:
Generous package of bleep, acid, deep house and early techno pressure by Cheshire’s Tom Carruthers, operating at the delta of late ‘80s/early ‘90s Staffordshire, SoYo, and Manc-y rave flavours on his 3rd LP with L.I.E.S.
Since 2020 carters has consistently served some of the strongest emulations of golden era early rave styles on his Non Stop Rhythm label under multiple monikers to acclaim from heads old and young. ‘Future Wave’ is the most significant and in-depth showcase of his vintage hardware tekkerz in effect, nailing every style he turns a hand to with the sort of hands-on, detailed arrangements and flow that made the original stuff endure so strongly in the underground club imagination.
It would be easy to mistake carruthers as a producer twice his age, who was there at Shelley’s or Thunderdome back in the day. But, nay, he’s just a whippersnapper who knows how to do it properly. The likes of his square based banger ‘Voltage’ could almost have come out on Catt Records in 1989, and ‘Cytoplasm’ is a sterling piece of 808 State worship, whilst ‘Mission Control’ salutes Juan Atkins and the harmonic bleeps of ‘Dissolution’ and LFO-esque rhythm machine attack of ‘Textures’ sound like they would have been played at Leeds’ warehouse way back when. His Chicagoan steez is also on point in the rude jack of ‘XXX’, ‘The Future’, or ‘darkside’, and ‘House Authority’ pumps like vintage Burrell Brothers or Bobby Konders.