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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 2 comes up again with 11 further fancies found between the slinky momentum of ‘From Within (Body)’ by Q, and the widescreen, slo-mo cybersex music of Hole In One’s ‘Spiritual Ideas for Virtual Reality’. There’s a cruiserweight, melancholic beauty ‘Living In a Fantasy’ from Integrity II, and Irdial alum Thee J Johanz on the glyding, jazzy depth of ’Stomping N Risin’, a carl Craig-esque deep space probe ‘Temazepam’ by Interface, and It’s Thinking’s elegant breakbeat bop ’Hyperion’, sequenced alongside the superb, Autechrian electro-stepper ‘Sundance’ by set compiler Visser in Secret Cinema guise to get you floating on the ‘floor.