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DJ Scud Ambush Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

A collection of ultra hard gabba/jungle collisions from DJ Scud (aka Toby Reynolds)...

Olli Siebelt 2003

Batten down the hatches, lock the doors and hide the children. South London's bad boy techno terrorizer has reared his head again...are you ready?

DJ Scud is one Toby Reynolds, who has been a long time participant of London's underground techno scene since 1997 when he started his Ambush! label. Offering a unique take on gabba influnced jungle, he quickly garnered the attention of people like XLR8R, C8, Wire and even us freaks here at the BBC.

Unlike other labels like Industrial Strength, DHR or Deathchant, Ambush! kept its fans on their toes by taking gabba and jungle, ripping it apart at the seams and then pasting it back together in random fashion.If others offered predictable breakdowns and rhythms, DJ Scud wiped the floor with them, leaving a trail of tinnitus and sweaty bodies in his wake.

This collection of material released on Ambush offers a second chance to catch up on any of those rare tracks you might have missed the first time around. Kicking off with "V.I.P. Pressure Pt.1", Ambush offers 9 tracks in all including the excellent remix of Asian Dub Foundation's "Witness".

Check out the intense feedback laden beats on "New World" or the absolute triple speed lunacy of "Deliver Me (Version)"which dismantles three separate drum loops and rebuilds them laced with more feedback and police sirens. Definitely not music for the timid, although those with short attention spans will surely enjoy it.

Steve Lamacq (rather humourously) called Reynolds the "new Aphex Twin" and while there really is no comparison (Reynolds still has a very long way to go before he can match wits with James),he still does have an edge if only for the pure lunacy of his compositional skills.

Those in the know will find this a comprehensive collection of DJ Scud's previous material. For the rest, you'll find this an interesting and varied collection of gabbacore influenced jungle that should satisfy even the hardest techno heads out there.

A seriously demented funhouse ride that demands to be played loud in front of as many people as possible.

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