Waou, great job!
Waou, great job Thomas!
A review taken from another forum:
Middle Men - Ufology E.P. - Battle Trax - BT015
“I want to believe”. We all remember this cult sentence taken from a Fox Mulder poster on the Chris Carter TV series X-Files. Approximatively two months after the release of the almighty “Comply E.P. 1”, Battle Trax finally brings the evidence that species from outerspace exist. They go by the name of the Middle Men and come to visit Earth regularly!
On a more serious tip, following two successful 12’’ (“Tales From The Blobe” & “Splund Popper”) on Andrew A. Price Satamile imprint, UK talents Phil Klein (Street Sounds, Touchin’ Bass, Breakin’) and Jim Kneen (Satamile) team up again in a lethal collaboration to introduce their third single to date.
Moving away from Bass Junkie’s fame matchless retro style, ace “Ufology E.P.” demonstrates how much the sound of the Middle Men has evolved since 2006. Opening the A-side on uncompromised razor sharped beats, frantic “Unseen Beings” slaughter delivers an exquisite timeless jam built upon genius vintage arrangements, cybernetic touches, sneaky voices, dark layers, bleepy overtones and acidic bubblings. Showing the duo’s great versatility to experiment new musical landscapes at light speed, this staggering instant classic is followed by another dancefloor burner, nasty “Defeat The Object”.
Fuelled with robotic staccatos, 808 drums action and low frequencies, this synthetic bass driven mayhem is to bring closer to Kronos Device minimalistic works on Qube album but with a more crunchy oriented twist. Tense, relentless and unhealthy at the same time.
On the flipside, soulful “Pulsar” plunges us into an intergalactic odyssey, merging with skill cosmic airy melodies to flavoured alienating pads, spacey strings and inspired B-boy lyrics. Irresistible!
Ending the 12’’ on a most advanced Sci Fi register, downtempo jewel “Reverse Engineering” will propel you into the 22nd century thanks to a fat woofin’ Star Trek transporter machine made of raw bassline, punchy addictive beats, warm synthetic flights, vintage arpegiators and vibrating funky 303 overtones. An insane bass-heavy affair and a journey without return through space and time.
From his beginnings on Parallax in 1996 to his forthcoming appearance on Dominance Electricity, Phil Klein never stopped to renew and reinvent his sound, under his solo projects (Cybernet Systems, Battle Systems, I Borg..) or along with his fellows The Dexorcist, Jim Kneen or Scott Weiser (Kronos Device, Middle Men, IBM. This is particularly obvious on this top notch Battle Trax flying saucer, sending from the depths of the galaxy four refined airwaves to invade your ears. Massive!
Really sad news. RIP Ian
the bass that ate Miami for me. I could listen to this track a whole night
Looks cool, any chance for an audio preview Matt?
How does the artwork look like Phil?
Dope dope release Phil!!!!
Here's a review taken from another forum:
V/A - Assimilate This! Vol. 1 – Battle Trax 13
The wait is over!! Two years after the must have ‘Battle Cry E.P.’, UK Battle Trax outfit returns to transmissions, introducing the first chapter of a brand new vinyl compilation series with lots of astounding surprises. Kicking off the A side with a boomin’ rework of the 1990 Electro Bass classic ‘Bass Generator’ under its fresh Bassing Guild disguise, label owner Bass Junkie (Breakin’, [k]rack-troni[k]) teams up with his fellow partner The Dexorcist (SMB, Control Tower) to spread once again fear and devastation on the dancefloors. Extension of Debonaire’s ‘Bass Re-Generator’ Commemorative Edition (DEBV04) in march, this re-loaded version of Dynamix II’s (C. Barrella, D. Noller) timeless hit sounds quite different from the original, offering a slower jam but with much more sample references (Kraftwerk’s ‘We Are The Robot” or John Carpenter’s ‘The thing’ to name). Fuelled with sharped cuts, stunning lyrics (‘Can You Understand Us?’), Sci Fi FX and eerie melodies, this bass driven monster is followed by another corrosive delivery. Inaugurating their debut release as the Gods Of Technology, Phil Klein and Simon Brown venture with success into more synthetic landscapes, showing on inspired “Instruments Of Armageddon” their immoderate love for retro-futuristic tonalities. Based upon a recognizable Final Dream rhythm, this absolute stormer combines twisty beats and strong analogical flights. Superb. On the flipside, Bass Junkie and heavyweight producer Dynamik Bass System from Germany (Monotone, Back II Boom) associate for the very first time as Motorobot to serve the untouchable old schoolish slaughter ‘Android Spectre’. Enhanced by a deadly vocoder, this robotic anthem dropping serious subsonic 808 flights throughout is sure to become another future classic on the Electro history, melting with boldness inspired vintage strings, funky tones and well balanced claps over a solid bassline. Fascinating. At last, Bass Junkie and The Dexorcist strike back under their famous Kronos Device moniker to display an explosive up to date edit of epic ‘Terminate The Bass’. Taken from the 2004 classic album ‘Qube’, this rough electro destroyer appears today with a new industrial shuffle and some evil lyrics. No doubt n°13 will bring luck to this high quality 12’’! Vital!
Funny title but good article! Always quality when we speak about Dominance Electricity;)
Waouu Mat, where were you?
Fantastic cover btw!!! Will try to check the audio snipets in a couple of seconds
Glad to see Dominance back again.
Hope you're fine mate,