For the 500+ people regularly downloading Simon's show on a weekly basis, an apology is due from your humble reviewer as you've had to wait a whole extra day for the torrent to appear. This is down to me being too knackered to compose a suitable review immediately following the show! Hopefully this has merely whetted your appetite for the latest episode in a continuing series exploring the innovative sounds composed by sonic assassins around the globe. As you should know by now, the basic formula for Simon's internet radio show is based upon an initial hour of new tunes that are hot off the press, followed by an hour of requests as demanded or pleaded for by the regular listeners who have managed to get themselves into the chatroom. However, this week was different with the arrival of a guest at the UM Studio - Matt Green, notorious purveyor of hardcore tunes that, until recently, were to be found primarily on his record label, Corrupt. The format of the show is evolving over time as the audience widens with the inclusion this week of an interview with Matt Green spaced out over a choice selection of his tunes, past, present (he now has a new label) and unreleased. Always expect cutting edge music on this show 'cos that's what you'll will get. You got a fairly good appreciation of what's going on in the world of hardcore techno these days (forthcoming parties etc) and the progression in the types of computers and programmes used by the artists. In the early days of 'proper techno' (say late 1991 onwards), tunes were being made on Atari's and Amiga's. It's almost all PC's and laptops these days that, admittedly, allow for the use of a lot more sound channels and complex sampling. Personally, I always liked the dirty distorted sound made by an Amiga and I probably always will! Stand out tunes for me from the fevered mind of Matt Green played this evening were a tune released in the name of Ordeal, and a really good unreleased remix of an old Hellfish tune. This tune was certainly good enough to have been included on the newly released CHANTLP8 and that's a compliment, believe me. And in the new releases, I really must mention a new slab of vinyl by Rotator on the Peace Off label; hard as nails and twice as sharp; approach with caution and play loud for full effect.The inclusion of an interview that ran over into the time slot usually reserved exclusively for requests brought an absolute deluge of requests when the time came. And so we had about 45 minutes of absolutely pounding tunes ranging back over the last 15 years of sound experimentation. It started with a slow, dark and broody number by Rat of Doom, a shining example of choice quality doomcore as pioneered by the PCP boys in Frankfurt; it ended on a triumphal note with the criminally neglected track "Land Whale" on the flip side of a truly epic Paul Blackout release on Hardline (HLINE13). This track is so good that you swoon in the sonic sections and get pulverised by the intervening drum 'n' base segments.
Another intense Tuesday evening with my headphones plugged directly into my PC to allow for maximum volume; see you next time round.