Sunday, 3 November 2013

Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - Cutslo (Lokuste Mix)

Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - Cutslo (Lokuste Mix) (Prototype Recordings, 1998)

'Locust', the more simply titled original version of this tune was released on The Prototype Years compilation in 1997. Ed Rush, Optical and Fierce then remixed the tune as 'Cutslo' (an anagram of Locust) for a classic 12" that had the equally immense 'Alien Girl' on the flip. The remix features an "Otherworld life" dialogue sample from Predator 2, a film that appears to have been a favourite of Ed Rush who first sampled it on 'Technology' and again on Fortran's 'Sardines'.

'Cutslo' sticks pretty close to the original but is a much better version of the tune. It has an elongated intro that features a two step break, a sci-fi style drone and ominous echoed synth stabs which are then transformed into a sick bassline. At almost four minutes into the track everything else drops out for one one of the most nasty, blow your face off Reese basslines ever put to wax and when the Amen break arrives it's all over - total carnage and a rewind everytime. One of those tunes that just has to be heard on a big system to truly appreciate its incredible power.

You can hear the track in Eazyflow's 1998 Techstep Mix below:

Eazyflow - 1998 DnB (Techstep) by Dnb Blog on Mixcloud

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