Boomkat Product Review:
Foundational bleep techno from Richard Barrett and Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk. Pivotal to the early success of Warp Records, Sweet Exorcist's crucial 12"s also made explicit the link between industrial music and the new dawn of acid house, building on the dancefloor-conscious, mantra-like direction that the Cabs had taken their own music in the early-mid 80s. These broadcasts from the mind-forges of the Steel City are bleep 'n bass at its most punchy and primitive: electronic body music stripped to its jutting, sinewy essence. Opening with a sample from Close Encounters of The Third Kind, 'Testone' is as eerie as it is immediate, while 'Clonk' (Freebass) and 'Clonk's Coming Off' are some of the most abstract, funked-up jack-tracks to be born outside of Chicago. RetroActivity expands upon CCEP/CCCD, Warp's first ever long-form release, compiling all the classics plus numerous alternate versions, making for a comprehensive 2xCD set that will serve fans, fanatics and newcomers all equally well.