It's enough to make you want to break out the Vicks. Following in the footsteps of Zomby's Where Were U in 92?, Texan producer Matt "Wheez-ie" Mauldin—who debuted with All Werked Up, an EP of ravey juke on Well Rounded Individuals last year—has now turned his hand to British hardcore and acid house, and proves very adept at it.
Despite the frantic pianos, bristling breakbeat and air horns, "Remember the Score" is a contemporary release, not some long lost classic—there's a sheen to the production and the sub bass is too subtle. But who wants slavish recreations? It's 2012, man. "Fuck Yer Shit" is a rousing acid burble with a hefty 4/4 kick but it's rather overshadowed by "Choke Hold," which has more than a hint of "Higher State of Consciousness" and even a soupçon of Doug Lazy in all its frantic, growling, TB-303 tweaked glory.
The opening minute of "Desire" proves that juke can trace its lineage back to acid rave—pitching up a female vocal and manically looping it will never go out of fashion it seems. Wheez-ie spends the remainder of the track hopping between juke and hardcore like some aural version of the movie flashback, offering compelling evidence that this rave/juke crossover may just have legs.
Tracklist: Wheez-ie - Remember The Score EPA1 Remember The Score
A2 Fuck Yer Shit
B1 Choke Hold