Ed Rush & Optical – Watermelon [Virus]
It was a hard pick, but this is a percy for me. The bass on this still sounds amazing and fresh to this day, no-one has bettered the bass on Watermelon in my opinion. Mutant funk!
Ed Rush – Check Me Out [No-U-Turn]
I still play this out. Sick little snappy beats, late night sax licks and a subtle muted reese bass. I love that it takes ages for the bass to drop, it’s such a stepper.
Rollers Instinct – Haze [Emotif]
Emotif was a strong label with some amazing releases in the 90s, and this is one of them. Cold strings and chopping breaks and that distinctive Trace techstep vibe. Trace alongside Nico or Pete Parsons would always guarantee a killer.
Decoder – PGM 5 [Tech Itch]
Another track that I still drop regularly. A mix of London’s techstep movement and the Bristol sound of Krust. Decoder did some absolute rotters, but for me this is him at his best.
Nico – Lo [No U-Turn]
Without Nico there wouldn’t have been the shift into techstep and the following Virus movement. I could have picked any track from the album Torque but this one is the all-out darkness of Nico. Dystopian soundscapes and that snarling, twisted, reese morphing over a completely NUT stepping beat. Classic.