Boomkat Product Review:
NWAQ’s sole and resoundingly influential album is finally back in print, serving a best in class session of beatdown, MDMA-kissed deep house including all tracks from the original CD now cut to 3LP - 100% unmissable
Now 14 years old, ‘The Dead Bears’ has been a go-to classic for us since original release, forming a sort of comfort blanket that never fails to absorb in its gauzy warmth. Over the years, it’s been hailed by likes of Actress as a big influence on his sound and it’s not hard to hear how - it’s an ideal bridge between the fathoms deep US house and techno, and European electronica, that Dutchman NWAQ was immersed in during the ‘90s, and is dearly close to the heart of a style Actress would expand upon over the past decade. There aren’t many albums of its ilk that still hold water nowadays, heck there’s not many albums of its ilk, period, and if you still don’t know, we can’t urge you enough to get properly acquainted.
Vacillating systolic deep house slugs such as ‘The Force’ and the balmy wooze of ‘Avon Sparkle’ with moments of peerless bliss in ’Shine Eyed’ and ‘Kemo Sabe’, it all reminds us of watching the grass melt and chatting breeze on the sofa while soundtracked by its unobtrusive but high tog presence. It’s almost hard to write about this record without getting at least a bit choked up - it’s just one of those LPs that becomes a soundtrack to life, forming a connective tissue between loves, friendships, high times and downtime. We’ll probably never be able to shift that feeling, and don’t want to either.
An all time highest recommendation.