Review: Roy of the Ravers – SE1 Acid

Roy of the Ravers is back with a brand new record on Winthorpe Electronics, SE1 Acid. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to a hat-trick of acid bangers and mash.

Roy of the Ravers is known on the underground scene for peddling some serious acid, and his debut release on Winthorpe Electronics – a sub-label of All City Records – doesn’t hit the woodwork, all three tracks are pure trickshots – sonic goalie nutmegs if you will. SE1 Acid was released on February 8th, as a 12″ vinyl, so great news for all you wax-fanatics out there.

The Nottingham producer delivers a trio of premier-league acid cuts for your ears. Kicking off with SE1 Acid Pt 1, our striker keeps things short and sweet with a track that clocks in at just under four minutes, which is ample time to maintain a steady pace down the wing. Spasmodic percussion skitters around the top end, the jittery acid bassline dancing around alongside the drum-work, while an insistent synth swell dominates the midfield.

This segues us nicely into the second track, SE1 Acid Pt 2. Launching into the track with some nice high toms, the familiar squelch of the 303 is ushered in, arpeggiating wildly as metallic samples give the percussion in this track an industrial feel. The train-tunnel-like, echoing vocal sample is as haunting as one might expect, contrasting the other elements perfectly.

The flip sees the 13-minute opus that is 1999 stealing the entire b-side of the wax. The track starts with an acid synth that oscillates through 360º in a wonderfully agitated fashion. Before long the thump of the kick drum is introduced with some funky-ass claps, snares, and hats. Nothing will prepare you for the incredibly euphoric pads and keys that are introduced a third of the way in, which gives way to significantly darker tones for the second half – 1999 is a brilliant track and by far this writer’s favourite on the EP.

You can grab your copy of SE1 Acid over at Roy of the Raver‘s bandcamp page. Take a look, here. A digital copy of the release is also available.

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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