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Hardcore jungle flashback from Demdike Stare, filleting ’93 madness heavily inspired by the cut-up rhythmic psychedelia of Tom & Jerry, Rufige Kru, A Guy Called Gerald, DJ Hype - yano it’s 100% deadly
One we’ve all been waiting for, ‘Physics’ is a tour de force of the most thrilling era in UK dance music. Dicing with late ’92-into-’93 templates, the hour-long selection cues up a barrage of classics and rarities that emerged following the accelerated rush of the hardcore years, ’90-’91, when tempos began to break the 150bpm sound barrier in a disciplined escalation and advance of Caribbean soundsystem culture’s style and pattern, causing an unprecedented rupture of the dancefloor space-time continuum.
Although emerging in the crucible of London dances during the late ‘80s, the music rapidly evolved and spread thru the UK’s rich diaspora of 2nd gen Windrush descendants to ravers across the UK, as far north as Kode 9 in Glasgow, and Demdike Stare’s native Lancashire, where it irrevocably infected a generation of players who rinsed it out at legendary warehouse parties.
‘Physics’ now drills deep into Demdike's memory banks and record collection for a ravenous reflux of the OG style, benefitting from razor-sharp edits and judicious FX to present the style (almost) as you would have got it in a cavernous warehouse surrounded by thousands of spring-heeled gurners. The mix shells pure stacks of badness, toggling the pressure gauge between toe-tip steppers, soulboy glyde and ballistic bruk outs with darkside switch-ups that leave no body still on the ‘floor.
While 30 years removed from that pivotal time, ‘Physics’ perfectly captures the frenetic energy of hardcore jungle for those who know, and those who’re about to find out, distilling its compound symbiosis of technological innovation and narcotic nuttiness at its most deadly effective, playful and game-changing best. Nowt quite like it, is there?