Boomkat Product Review:
Acid-fetishising party people Paranoid London pull favours from Alan Vega, Arthur Baker, and Simon Topping (ACR, T-Coy) in their sophomore session of pure dance trax
Dosing the scene five years after their self-titled debut, ‘PL’ puckers up 11 direct hits of acid house heavily skooled in late ‘80s Chicago club music and its UK and EU offshoots.
Paranoid London are a throwback to an era with a different politics and society, but the dead-on functionality of their style still resonates 30 years after the original era. Across the album they reenact the old days like it was yesterday, churning up big highlights with the inexorable acid traction of ‘Angel Of Hell’ starring NYC legends Alan Vega (Suicide) and Arthur Baker (Africa Bambaataa, New Order), as well as the nagging jag of ‘Cult Hero’ with Manchester acid legend Simon Topping on dry vocals, but the biggest turns for our £ are the single cut ‘(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games’ and the proper power-up of ‘The Music’, built rude and big-boned for the sweaty wall-bangers - you know who you be.