Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Trace & Nico - Squadron


Trace & Nico - Squadron (Nu Black, 1996)

After writing about Track & Nico's 'Amtrak' last week reader Mark B asked if I could take a look at the flipside and I'm more than happy to oblige. 'Squadron' is an awe-inspiring tune of apocalyptic proportions with some of the most deliberately dirty production ever put to wax. In Energy Flash Simon Reynolds wrote:

"No U Turn themselves reached something of a pinnacle with the dark exultation of Trace/Nico's 'Squadron', whose Carmina Burana-gone-cyberpunk fanfares slash and scythe like the Grim Reaper."

The track keeps you on edge as it gradually unfolds before unleashing the full force of its fury. It opens with a reverbed 'The Flow' break and ominous synthetic strings while synth stabs of pure evil roll across the track like claps of thunder accompanying the Four Horsemen as they bring death and destruction to the world. The synth stabs sound like they are straight out of a Belgian techno tune such as 'Anasthasia' by T99 and after they form the closest the track gets to a "melody" they are joined by savage blasts of distorted Reese and an Amen so muddy it sounds as if it was recorded from the next room on to a cassette. The last minute or so of the record is left to just the drums and Reese which occasionally drop out completely as the tune spins out of control. The theme tune to the end of the world.

Like 'Amtrak' the track appeared on the Torque LP and you can buy the digital over at Beatport and Trackitdown. It features in Blu Mar Ten's From The Vaults Vol. 1 - Techstep Mix: 1997 which you can listen to below:



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