Review: Mark Archer and Shadow Child – Non Stop

Mark Archer and Shadow Child join forces as MASC to deliver a killer four-track EP; Non Stop, released via Super Rhythm Trax, with a re-rub by Jerome Hill. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to the result of a highly successful collaboration.

Those of you familiar with the acid sound will be all too aware of the output of Mark Archer, both as one half of the reformed Altern-8, collaborating, in this instance, with Posthuman‘s Josh Doherty, and also under the Nexus 21 moniker, which was the precursor to Altern-8 and a collaboration with Chris Peat.

Likewise, any electronic music fan worth their salt will have heard of Shadow Child. His output as a house producer has garnered him rightful critical acclaim, and he is just as adept at composing skittering jungle riddims as he is bumpy house tracks.

To see the two combine their skills on their latest collaborative release, Non Stop, can only be described as a cataclysmic meeting of minds. From start to finish, the EP is a delight to behold (helped along, in the final track, by Super Rhythm Trax head man, Jerome Hill).

The release is house music through and through, albeit flitting deftly between sub-genres. Opening track It’s Good, starts us off with a familiar bendy bassline that can only be attributed to the wonderful little silver box, the Roland TB303. Taking us up to the first break, the track releases its energy, rave whistles giving the track an even more authentic acid feel.

Liverpool acid fans can catch Super Rhythm Trax Jerome Hill at our acid techno event. Details here.

The second track, also the title track, gives the acid more of a gritty feel, as the harmonising bassline oscillates wildly, pulling us up to dizzy heights. This is a peak time club track if ever there was one, and is absolutely certain to devastate any dancefloor upon which it is furiously unleashed.

The third production is Eye Feel; another party starter that features some raw and riotous percussion and some super-retro horn stabs that give this track a dirty-yet-nostalgic house feel.

Jerome Hill adds his two pence worth with an expertly crafted take on the original Non Stop. Peppering his remix with some gloriously ravey string pads and almost indiscernable keys (they play second fiddle to the gritty, baltering bassline that dominates the mix), this is a storming rework of what is already an excellent track.

You can catch Jerome Hill and Posthuman at our Acid Techno event, which takes place on November 16th at Hangar34 in Liverpool. Grab your tickets for the event, here. In the meantime, get a load of his awesome remix of Non Stop, below, and buy the bloody thing will you! (Buy Link)

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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