Boomkat Product Review:
*Distorted air horn* Praxis deliver a proper breakcore blast-from-the-past with two Scud & Nomex ruinations originally despatched on 7” in 1997 and 1998, now compiled and reissued for first time in 20 years on a wider, louder pressing.
DJ Scud is not short on love around these parts - his run of releases between the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, including the cult Wasteland project with I-Sound, are some of the most distinctive, ruffneck releases of that era, splicing hardcore jungle and soundclash noise with unprecedented style and pattern. His ‘Ambush’ album, a collection of hard-to-find early releases compiled for Aphex Twin’s Rephlex Records in 2003, is, for us at least, a definitive record of its era.
This timely compilation/reissue 12” offers a visceral, psychogeographic snapshot of an overlooked phase of late ‘90s dance music, when jungle was properly straining at the leash and fusing with punkish gabber and extreme noise in South London squats and at free parties (illegal raves) across the UK and EU.
Most notably, the two tracks from ‘Eurostar’  use samples of the eponymous train, recorded in Herne Hill, South London on its way to the recently opened "chunnel” between UK and EU. 20 years later, as Britain heads blindly for Brexit, Scud & Nomex’s jungle noise juggernaut arguably takes on a new historic relevance, while the accompanying ‘Piling Machine’ turns field recordings of the Hungerford footbridge construction site into one of the meanest, overlooked concrète tracks from late ‘90s London.
Equally indomitable are the two versions of ‘Total Destruction’  on the other side. Built using vintage tape echo, electrical interference, and a white label prized from under a car wheel, all processed on an Amiga 1200, the original is a solid gold yardcore punk anthem, while the Dub Version pushes the levels recklessly into the red.
In 2018, when fringe communities are too often represented musically by anodyne, mainstream, common denominators, this 12” is an even stronger reminder of the untapped potential of lost, underground futures such as the one envisaged by Scud, Nomex and their convention-challenging counter-culture. R.I.P. Paul Kidd a.k.a Nomex.