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Eugene Black – Incubus EP

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artworks-000087693513-fl8rnx-t500x500.jpgLabel: SuperfreqScore: 9/10

Eugene Black is none other than legendary UK house pioneer Paul Rip who, along with Mr C, Eddie Richards and Colin Faver, ran the infamous RIP parties at Clink Street which ignited acid house in this country in 1988. He also co-founded the renowned Plink Plonk label with Mr C, recording as Krypto, Underground Science and Somnambulist before taking off to travel the world.

That he’s back on his old friend’s current label is truly most exciting news, compounded by his new project influenced by FW Murnau’s 1922 horror milestone Nosferatu while fitting in effortlessly to the Superfreq manifesto of flying the acid house flag loud and proud.

Lead track ‘Transylvanian Slap’ whips up a Detroit-tinged robo-riff pebble-dashed with acid squelch action,  female exhalations, ghostly Trax strings and subtle sonic trickery, delivered as only a connoisseur of the genre could.

Paul supplies four versions of ‘Incubus’, putting the original’s spooked acid kek-detonation through the Slippery Tung version’s electro and Blubber Rub treatment’s slo-mo vamp before the avant dubscape of his Snake In The Grass Mix closes the EP with spectral jungle creepers and weightless space-funk floatation.

Words: Kris Needs

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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