Boomkat Product Review:
Project 223 marks the maiden union of two veteran UK techno producers, Lee Grainge and Steve Bicknell, who’ve clearly still got some gurns to burn with the chunky acid moves of On A Mountain.
Arriving in the wake of Steve Bicknell’s return to the fray with the 6Dimension label, whose Jing release sports vocals which uncannily resemble those attributed to Horizontal Charlie inside this 12”, the cryptically titled Project 223 (anything to do with Soul 223, a.k.a. Stasis?) get down to proper, rugged fundamentals with the search and destroy acid jaxx of Be Free, replete with that vocal, zig-zagging in classic style across the A-side, whereas Tell Me opts for a more stripped back and pent-up drive detailed with the intricacy Grainge has come to learn from his years since 1999 spent as a sound FX editor for TV and film.
They aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they are making it spin better.