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January 15, 2010

Coolnoise Is Sleeping…

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October 3, 2005

Annihalating Rhythms by Ultrasonic

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Formed way back 1991, just as dance music was going completely mainstream, Scottish act Ultrasonic have toured the world dance circuit quite a few times and finally after a lengthy absence since their last studio album – it’s been 7 blimin’ years! – comes ‘Annihalating Rhythms’. The dance genre is so fragmented ‘Annihalating Rhythms’ could easily be described as ‘hard house’, ‘electro’, ‘acid’, ‘trance-core’ and ‘breakbeat’, and you would be none the wiser. Looking past the misspelling of annihilating, this is bass-driven, repetitive and distinctively “old-skool” hardcore and very head-nodding in places. Sometimes the song gets ambient at key moments (High Energy), and other songs overlay some MC shout commands to the audience (Flatliner) such as “push it”, “put your hand’s in the air” and “let the crowd say ho!”. All very clich├ęd, but play this record to a packed, sweaty dancefloor and ‘Flatliner’ would become a fantastic dance soundtrack. Some of these songs remind me of Scooter, one of the many acts who half pinched Ultrasonic influential sound. Even The Prodigy’s recent ‘Never Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’ album has uses similar old-skool vibe, mixing fuzzy synths and discordant rhythms. The rapid-tempo ‘4,3,2,1’ harks back to the early nineties, giving the impression Ultrasonic are stuck in a time warp unable to keep up with current dance music which has since moved on. Oh screw that, this is so outmoded, hyper tempo and cyclical with little respite (for example ‘4,3,2,1’ finishes with what appears to be children cartoon samples) that it is a big, dumb, play it loud to annoy the neighbours kind of album.

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