Bear witness as the “Original Mix” is not the old Steve Lawler we all knew from before, but the next stage of the taskmaster; a new age of Twisted A.C.I.D HOUSE! Sure, most may say Nathan Fake has already reignited the twisted genre-bending sounds of techy-acid house, and I will most definitely agree, but Steve Lawler is the man who just pushed it even further with an end-defining breakdown that will destroy every fragile mind from here to Mars. A violent score with strong elements of electro house and genuine acid drops can be heard. A first in Steve’s work, given his humble beginnings and the influence Steve’s been having ever since we all heard GU: Lights Out 2. I swear the acid lines running rampant are glorious. Uncontrollable percussion backed with a devastating kick drum is the foundation that sets up for the vivid acid chords pounding your senses. As the track progresses, it creams out a roaring piano line that does nothing less than give you a mindfvck. The bastard gets greedy, layering along two massive breakdowns on one single track – so infectious, so selfish, so undeniably pleasing – a take-no-prisoner heart attack.
Flip sees a mix from “Mark Knight and Martijin Ten Velden;” I don’t see anything wrong with that and I hope you don’t either. Mysterious grooves that keep the acid stabs, but Knight and Velden have their own twist, making it a bit dejected, but staying in the Tribal arena with the four-to-the-floor punch much more apparent in the remix; a nice slice that gets overshadowed by the enormous Original.
The taskmaster has return to show that he still can be a zenith producer if he chooses. Going from Tribal to Dark Progressive to Acid, Steve Lawler can do no wrong.
Sun / 16 May 2004