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The legendary, gurny allure of ‘90s house from The Netherlands is spotlighted by Rush Hour co-founder Christiaan MacDonald and radio host Arne Visser in a generous 3 x volume compilation series studded with goodies
Embracing the golden years 1990-1999, ‘Music For The Radical Xenomaniac’ offers a guided tour of the underground classics which soundtracked The Lowlands’ hedonistic halcyon era, and what made it distinct to parallel scenes in the US, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Loosely characterised by rolling, buoyant basses, tremulous top lines, and a sexy, upfront thrust, The Lowlands house sound would slosh far beyond the country’s borders and arguably punch above its weight for influence and renown in the international club rhizome. Of course, while the label neglect to mention it, the country also produced the best MDMA in the world, as consumed in the countries named above, and it’s not hard to join the dots between the quality of their party drugs and the music’s inherently lush and hallucinatory effect, showcased thoroughly across these cuts.
Volume 1 holds a dozen sterling examples of The Lowlands sound, from total classics to slept-on nuggets. They all brim with a heart in mouth optimism and sensuality key their pull, from the glistening early hours stroller ‘The reprise’y Marvo Genetic, thru the bleeping techno-house gait of Rotterdam’s Space Trax on ‘Aura’, to the gorgeous body suspension system of ‘Flageo’ by Boom Generation. There’s a a classy slant on Detroit and Chicago templates from Steve Rachmad in ’Summer Breeze’ and the lip-smacking meld of swinging groove and Twin Peaks-y pads from Quadripart; loosey goosey Afro-Latinate hustle of ‘Go Mellow (Late Night Wedding Party in Morocco version’ by Faceless Techno Bastards; and the Smoke Belchy melodic bop of Marionette’s ‘No Strings’, all certain to get dancers licking lips and cutting shapes in the best way.