Not about to pretend Die is some forgotten producer – KING OF THE ROLLERS innit – but he doesn't get anything like his dues. The smoked-out missiles he produced in the second half of the '90s were some of Full Cycle’s tuffest and truest, and their cold futurism still hasn't thawed some two decades on. Driven by helicopter-blade breaks and obscenely heavy, atonal, LIQUID-SWORD basslines – there's no darkside maundering, it's just pure vibes, pure energy; rushy and careening and ultra-pressurised, compelling you to DANCE. Texturally, we’re pretty much midway between Krust’s dystopian attack-mode and the 'erbalized new-forms of Roni Size... ideas which ended up overthunk and overworked by the Reprazent and Breakbeat Era group minds are executed to dancefloor-napalming perfection in this solo work.
Each of the eight remastered tracks on this 4x12” set is given a side to itself and cut obnoxiously loud, too right. ‘Clear Skyz’ is the signature, unmistakeably, rata-tat junglist but only a whisker away from garage, and evergreen Bristol anthem ‘Reincarnations’ is Full Cycle in excelsis: jazzed up but ruffneck, high-velocity but emphatically dubwise. In the end, though, for us anyway, it's all about the later 'Slide Away' (1998) and ‘Drop Bear’ (1999): proper, aquaplaning club devastators, breaks so tightly coiled and well-oiled they seem to disappear altogether, opening up a new kind of extraterrestrial rudeboy tekno sublime. AHEM. Doesn't get better than this.