Gripping new entry for LA's Delroy Edwards. The young producer has all but abandoned traditional house signifiers (as last seen on the title track of his excellent "Heart and Soul" 12-inch for L.I.E.S.). On "White Owl" he explores the sounds with which he's been pummeling dance floors - DBX's minimal techno and bug in the bassbin Dancemania ghettohouse. It works ridiculously well. Delroy waits until the final track, "Drop Dead", to introduce the record's most memorable bassline, which has remained in this writer's head for weeks. Amped up 140 bpm ghettotechno "for the working dj".
Max D strips down the aquarium funk of his excellent full length for RVNG Intl. for this limited white-label drumtrax 12" on L.I.E.S. Though Max D's signature New Age/Compass Pointe influenced atmospherics are not the focus here, the pitched toms and human percussion that imbue Max's music with so much character are on full display. The melodic elements simply contribute to the overall crazy rhythm, but the tracks are properly cosmic.