Ctrl Z? Ctrl Alt Delete more like. The Freestylers’ so-so mid-nineties ragga-hop single gets a vicious breaks makeover that’s loud, lairy and reeks of chemicals. Talking of which, I was at a party the other night having a discussion with a mate of a mate while the DJ spun a mixture of hip-hop, funk and reggae. “Play something harder!” he shouts. “You’ll need to take drugs to enjoy that,” I said. “All music’s drug music!” he replies. “Yeah,” I said, “but you don’t need to take drugs to enjoy this.” I saw him later at four in the morning when the DJ had switched to banging ‘choons’. He comes over to me, eyes all pupils and grinning from ear to ear. “You’re right mate!” he shouts, “I’ve taken loads of drugs and I fucking LOVE it!” It’s a sentiment that might apply to this. And probably will. (Out now on Never Say Die)
Interested in how breaks bandits Ctrl Z remixed Freestylers’ Ruffenck? Now’s your chance to find out with young Tommy Dash. Bear in mind that the video below is only Part 1 and should that not sate your appetite for vicarious knob-twiddling you can access the other 6 parts HERE and find out all about Ctrl z at: Ctrl Z – Myspace
I haven’t got the energy for this though you might have – it’s the vid for those free Ruffneck remixes posted up last week. If your club nights involve huge quantities of man-made mood enhancers and if you didn’t already – you can cop them HERE
DJs Dash and Inch resurrect an old Freestylers track. I have some reservations about the advisability of this but then some people’ll dance to anything when they’ve had few chemicals – Pendulum for example. Hit the links below to DOWNLOAD: Ruffneck ’09 – Never Say Die Mix Ruffneck ’09 – Rack N Ruin remix
(PRESS RELEASE) FREESTYLERS GET REWORKED BY CTRL Z –
RUFFNECK 09 ft. NAVIGATOR RELEASED VIA NEVER SAY DIE RECORDS
Vinyl release: November 23rd / Digital release: November 30th www.myspace.com/wewillneversaydie
The Freestylers need no introduction and neither does their all time classic ‘Ruffneck’. This Anthem has been re-recorded and hurtled into the future by notorious electronic punks Ctrl Z and has been one of the biggest tunes in the sets of the likes of Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kuts, Freq Nasty, Deekline and of course the ‘Stylers for the past year!
Every time these two acts have met in the past, the results have been devastating. The Ctrl Z remix of The Freestylers & Pendulum track ‘Security’ was one of the highlights of 2007 and their album collab ‘Turn to Dust’ was rock breaks at its very best, so it was natural that the Stylers would turn to the Z to put their take on what is considered by many as the best Freestylers track ever!
This track was the subject of a Computer Music magazine masterclass and when you hear it you’ll see why. Blending the old with the new, Ctrl Z have managed to keep the ‘rough around the edges’ vibe of the Freestylers original, while stamping their monstrous bassline and synth sounds all over it.
Now it’s finally getting the release it deserves with remixes to blow your socks off including; the seemingly omnipresent High Rankin, best selling dubsteppers Excision & Datsik, bassline remix kings Pirate Soundsystem and the fast rising crack house wunderkid Rack n Ruin!
The vinyl (Original / Excision & Datsik remix) is due out on November the 23rd and all mixes will be available digitally on November 30th.
Coming up next year on the label – Foreign Beggars & Noisia, SkisM, Ctrl Z, Losers, Reso and anyone else we can get our grubby little paws on!