Boomkat Product Review:
It's now 20 years since the cataclysmic events of 1989 when labels like Warp and Shut Up And Dance were borne out of the nascent rave scene. While Warp took a more experimental path, SUAD stuck closely to their dancehall roots, creating a catalogue peppered with truly innovative and influential fusions of house music with a Sound System aesthetic. Starting out with the Heatwave Sound System, PJ and Smiley alongside DJ Hype were among the pioneers of warehouse raves in London, breaking and entering unused buildings across the capital to set up seminal raves whose influences is still very much felt today. Spread over three discs, the label provides a huge overview of its catalogue, ranging from the very earliest hybrid hardcore and jungle to the later, and much less essential experimental breaks. If you bought Soul Jazz's Ragga Twins retrospective last year, you'll already be in possession of some of these cuts, but it's the one disc's worth of priceless rarities that make this comp indispensable. 1992's 'Runaways' is a sureshock of later fast-rap hip-hop and hardcore with a gripping political narrative, and the stone-cold 'Ganja Man' from '95 would probably cost you a more than a 1/4 of the sticky at todays prices. '92s 'Java Bass' connects the dots between Kraftwerk and early hardcore, while 'Hip Hip' serves a masterclass in breaks editing and 'Basterds' rolls out the rudeboy subs with fierce Remarc-styled riddim chops. At this price you're easily getting your dollars worth and would be a fool to miss out on this essential document of rave history - RESPECT.
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