Boomkat Product Review:
Surgeon's 1996 cut 'Muggerscum Out' is a bit of a UK techno classic. Released by Soma in the wake of his genre-defining debut LP Communications, it's just an out and out dancefloor wrecker, invested with that almost Latin swing that no one can do quite like Tony Child. Earlier this year, The Black Dog turned out two sterling remixes of the track for a limited edition 10" on their Dust Science imprint; now, for those who missed it, Soma have assembled a 12" including the Dog's versions alongside brand new mixes from Perc and Alex Smoke. Perc, whose amazing recent work has been firmly in thrall to the Birmingham sound, is a good choice of remixer: you can almost hear the glee he must have felt in re-tooling 'Muggerscum Out' into a wickedly funky but hard-nosed industrial bomb with super-enhanced sub pressure and neat steppers' inflections - proper 2011 techno, basically. Alex Smoke retains the sturm und drang of his source material, but rejects conventional 4/4 in favour of a jabbing syncopation - this is the kind of brutally inventive rhythm science that Surgeon has always repped in his DJ sets and particularly in his productions with Regis as British Murder Boys. What about The Black Dog mixes? Well, they're absolutely mint, counting among the most robustly dancefloor-friendly material they've ever recorded. Their 'Sheffield' version is a completely NUTS warehouse techno banger, full of rip-roaring edits, vertiginous builds and heavy, heavy drops that give new meaning to the phrase 'peaktime'. Imagine MMM gone industrial and you're some way to grasping the sheer face-melting excess of this out-and-out beast. Their 'Moseley' version is more stripped-back and dubbed-out but still avowedly full-on, its taut 4/4 jack overrun with evil phased chords - drop this bad boy at the right time and you'll have even straight-edge ravers frothing at the mouth, trust us. Honestly, we can't remember the last time we heard a techno 12" that so righteously combined cutting edge engineering with timeless, unabashed dancefloor muscle. Tough as f*ck doesn't even come close.