Clarke & East revive the spirit of 90s raving with their LP ‘Adventures In #RaveHouse’
So the story goes I was watching/listening to a MyDJHub livestream and the DJ dropped a House remix of Bodysnatch ‘Just 4 U London.’ I could not resist requesting an ID and that’s how I came to learn about this incredible LP of oldskool rave/house fusions of ‘rave house.’
The album opens with C&E’s take on The Criminal Minds ‘Re-baptised By Dub.’ The lads do a fantastic job with a tantalising build up to the dub reggae sample of the hardcore original and some new suitably ravey piano inserted into this White Isle terrace moving house monster!!
‘Gotta Keep On’ is an irresistible shuffler combining sweeping 4×4 beats with a think break, the timeless Landlord/Carl Cox riff and a vocal that’s oh so house music!
‘Sonic Solutions’ is a regenerative refresh of early Belgian Techno with the infamous Jungle Brothers vocal as used by 2 Bad Mice & Foul Play. The energy flows from this peak set weapon with a nice dark feel.
As mentioned earlier ‘Just 4 U London’ takes that legendary call and response vocal, sprinkles in a little bit of Vamp ‘Outlander’ and Urban Shakedown ‘Some Justice’ style stabs over a mid to late 90s House influenced array of keys.
‘Rave Generator’ blends Hip House with early rave aided by a generous dose of vox from ‘I’m gonna diss you right now’ to ‘Go!’ (Moby) and ‘Watch ya bassbins I’m telling ya’ (Altern 8) plus hoover riffs in the style of CLS ‘Can You Feel It.’
‘Ozone Warriors’ riffs on the famous ‘Good news boppers’ line from The Warriors with dueling riffs and pianos that pile on the heat right the way through to the end.
‘Dirty Harry’ is C&E’s massive Prog House leaning tribute to Cleptomaniacs ‘Positive Feedback’ introducing that teeth gritting riff midway between a busy blast of acid and funky FX.
‘Coming On Stronger’ reimagines the Rhythm Section original into a funky slice of sun soaked 00’s Dirty House. Snippets of the original break are cleverly incorporated into heavy duty jacking beats with ecstatic drops.
‘Badman (Dub War)’ is of course homage to ‘Who’s The Badman’ with a colossal Apache break threaded between the skanking 4x4s and weighty dark garage synths.
Already championed by the likes of Slipmatt, Adventures In #RaveHouse is an album you would absolutely wear out from repeated plays were it in a physical format. Grab a digital copy and play on repeat!!!