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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 3 hails some real legends in its final dozen entries to the series. They plumb the mid-decade for gold with The Connection Machine’s saxy deep swinger ‘Echoes From Tau Ceti’ off 1995’s ‘Utroid Machine Missions’ EP, and hail the heavy influence of Orlando Voorn on the effortless, uptempo Detroit-Via-Amsterdam flight ’Still’, along with another legend Stefan Robbers spotlighted on the Chicago-styled percolater ‘Afridisiac (Jumpy Mix’, and 2000 And One’s flute-weft broken beats on ‘Crystal’, while nudging lesser known but no less brilliant material into view with the pill belly lift of Fluxland’s self-titled gem, plus the aerial step of ‘Natural Chemistry’ by Direct Movement, and teasing arps of ‘Strange Attractor’ by Exquisite Corpse.