Boomkat Product Review:
Welcome revival of DMX Krew's debut album, originally released on Rephlex way back in 1996, adding a clutch of alternate versions and remixes. Over the past 15 years, EDMX has become a much-loved figure in British rave culture, passionately pastiching everything from Drexciyan aqua-techno to gnarly acid house, landcruising techno and even grime - but always coming back to a foundation of electro, usually in its most unreconstructed and block rockin' form. His iconic debut covers lots of different ground, but the common threads are naive synth melody and the dry thump and smack of the 808. There are some real beauties to behold: the ruthlessly minimal but mad catchy 'Dance To The Beat' makes explicit the connection between electro's NY-via-Dusseldorf origins and its later weirdification at the hands of Juan Atkins, James Stinson, Aux 88 et al in Detroit, while 'Emerging Technology' is just the sickest breakers' techno imaginable. Of the remixes, the new version of old-school rap tribute 'Sound Of The DMX (Remix)' booms and baps with innocent aplomb, but the stand-out is 'Sound Of The Street (Dub)' - which introduces a nice dose of Chicago jack into the water. Great stuff all in all, and funny too how it sounds all the more relevant in 2011 in light of recent bastard electro manifestations from people like Umberto and Xander Harris.