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Shitmat – The Lesser Spotted Burberry EP

Label: Planet Mu Format: 12″

The Lesser Spotted Burberry EP - disc label detailThe Lesser Spotted Burberry EP could as easily be a paean as a pisstake, but there’s no doubting the fervour of Henry Collins‘ approach to beat-mangling. “Ellesse Warrior” swoons from driving mashup to celebratory breakcore with a dizzying sense of humour in the application of a hint of ragga and a good dose of manic intensity. Peppered with progressively more and more dissolute snippets of a drugged-up chavvy anecdote which merge with the bulbous beats, the evil synth swarms and some hardcore gabba pounding are interspersed with the occasional trance drop to underpin the storyteller’s tale of living it large.

“My Crew, My Pills, My Chain, More Gain” continues the story, flaying the samples and beats alike with a generous hand, meting out the licks with alacrity and a twisted grin

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Hellfish – One Man Sonic Attack Force

Label: Planet Mu Format: CD

One Man Sonic Attack Force - sleeveBringing together a selection of 12″ tracks and a scattering of remixes by DJ Hellfish, One Man Sonic Attack Force showcases his penchant for mashing together Hardcore Techno and Gabba with HipHop and making the results bleed. “U Don’t Quit”, with its rumbunctious MC extolling the vitues of party-busting breaks demonstrates just how much better the uptempo beats of chart-friendly acts like … could be when the right amount of weighty distortion is applied. Hellfish’s “Steelfinger” remix of “Iron Hand” does similar to the over-familiar trick of sampling “Kung-Fu Fighting”, so that those seminal “Woh hoh ho ho” quotations introduce a tune which proceeds to wreak havoc on The Speed Freak‘s original plundering. The BPMs rack up woozily against the fragmented vocal snippets, radio-chatter threats colliding with the tinkly faux Orientalism of the

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