Thursday, 11 May 2017
Oliver!: H-Bomb - Radar (15 March 1992)
A one-off pseudonymous release by Jeff Mills, a US DJ who was to become a big fixture on Peel playlists over the course of the next decade. A look at Mills's John Peel wiki page suggests that it wasn't until 1993 that he started to be played by Peel, but he had been part of the dance music scene for many years under the guise of The Wizard, as part of the Underground Resistance collective or as resident DJ at the Tresor club in Berlin.
Before Peel made a full immersion into Mills's music, he played this storming piece of techno rave, which picked up on the acid computer game feel of many of his contemporaries and reworked it into something much heavier, snappier and better. There's plenty of soars, sweeps and red alerts in this track (one day I will print a full glossary of terms that I use to describe the soundscapes in dance records, but for now, I ask you to trust me on this), before ending with an emphatic game over that sounds like the vanquishing of his competition. For Peel, the fact that this record played from the middle outwards guaranteed its inclusion.
It may be some time before we get to 1993, but this will do nicely to be going on with. On the strength of Radar, there's going to be plenty to enjoy from Mills over the years ahead.
Video courtesy of ffokcuf.