Radioactive Man

Fabric 08

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Although perhaps best known as one-half of the Two Lone Swordsmen, here Keith Tenniswood trades in his cutlass for the turntables, turning out a set that reflects the rough-and-ready nature of his DJing at the Haywire night held monthly at London superclub Fabric. "From side to side/Jack your body," announces the robotic intro with Tenniswood mixing up a rough-and-ready set that lives up to the toxicity of his moniker -- body popping from the fumbling dub of Depth Charge through the tumbling new-school breaks that act to define Koma & Bones and Jammin, before the speakers rumble to the techno jackhammer of Basic Unit and his own Radioactive Man project and a wonderfully flippant back-spin fires up Kitbuilders' "Wake Up." Thankfully free of the usual studio trickery that pollutes the world of the mixed compilation, both selection and execution make for a deft, dexterous, and dangerous stalk through the world of dirty electro.

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