Universal Indicator

Innovation in the Dynamics of Acid: 21st Century Megamix

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Like a shot of pure MDMA right to your head, this re-release of the classic Rephlex Universal Indicator series of 12" records holds not an ounce of subtlety. Instead, these records, mixed by early Rephlex acid producer Mike Dred, pounds relentlessly like a train gone out of control. This stuff sounds completely dated, but in a beautiful way. You are immediately taken back to a now mythical time and place in England when ecstasy actually threatened to hurt lager sales and it looked like the next revolution (the last being punk) might actually take place in the fields outside of London. This is old-school acid that squawks and squelches endlessly while the 4/4 kick never waivers. It doesn't have much to say, but man is it fun. The disc is not delineated by tracks. Instead, segments clock in at 1:01, 2:02, 3:03, and 6:06, representing the original Roland synthesizers that were used to produce the acid sounds. All of which is just as well since the original releases were never named, nor were the producers ever revealed. This is pure machine music; the kind of stuff people think of when they say that electronic music has no soul. But that is exactly the point.

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