It's getting on for 1:00 in the morning and I've got a heavy day tomorrow (no, today actually). Despite this, I'll take the time to pen a review of this week's show that ended a mere 3 hours ago. Why would I be mad enough to do this? Because I want to; it's tantamount to a public service for the greater good. Simon's show makes Tuesday evenings an absolute pleasure and tonight was no exception. Indeed, the quality of the tunes tonight was consistently awesome. My ears were humming after two hours of this madness down the headphones. Before you know it, the volume level is set at 11 and it all comes to an end all too soon. Sounds this good would undoubtedly be illegal if the powers that be were aware of them. This is the cutting edge of Dance Music; accept no alternative because you're being short-changed. Dance music has become a travesty of what it once was; once upon a time, the whole scene across the sub-genres was fresh and alive, and what have you got now? You have Kiss FM and the Ministry of Sound playing cheesy disco music which has got about as much to do with the spirit of '89 - '92 as X-Factor has to do with talent. It's all bollocks. If you like Dance Music, how can you be content with rehashed disco tunes masquerading as dance music? Ibiza is a joke in bad taste. And Techno has become a dirty word. Take a walk on the wild side; for sounds that stimulate your mind and energise the body, look no further than Simon's show. Enough of the rant! For your listening delight this evening, there were any number of choice quality tunes, so many that it's difficult to pick out the cream of the crop. Special merit awards in the category of new and unreleased material go to the forthcoming Evol Intent opus "Era of Diversion". This is d8b-influenced hardcore at it's very best with my personal favourite being a track using the sountrack to "Halloween" to full effect. There's also some new doomcore worth watching out for by Uninvited on Black Monolith Records; bringing the sound immortalised by the PCD labels of Cold Rush and Dance Ecstasy up to date; mid-paced, dark and broody. And the new Ladyscraper record forthcoming on Deathchant is both quirky (love the cello) and banging. In the latter part of the show where the chatroom loonies make their presence known, there was a distinct emphasis upon tunes from yesteryear that have stood the test of time. Nightmares are Reality by C-Tank has got to be a good 15 years old now, but still sends shivers up the spine; play it loud and you can watch the four horsemen of the Apocalypse fly overhead. And then we had some classic sonic thuggery from Jack Lucifer and Stickhead, Kotzaak mercenaries; words fail me. Oh...and it all finished with a bang with the Fuckmasters; pleasant name and a monster of a tune. Accept no substitute - this is listening with attitude.
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