Written by Mike D.
In the heart of the summer, London electronic outfit Rude Audio published their new album ‘Street Light Interference’ via Zirkus Records on July 15. The album came as a fantastic freshness in the heatwaves of the world and July was hot everywhere. The leading track of the album is ‘Repeat Offender’, a dub meets something modern and shiny, uptown, for a bit of a cavort and a pretty positive tune to dance to. ‘Street Light Interference’ runs the gamut from dub to techno and features four original tracks and four remixes of tunes from their latest ‘Rude Redux’ EP. Very skilled electronic craftsmen, Mark Ratcliff (whose releases have been played by the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Laurent Garnier, Kris Needs, Don Letts, Graeme Park and Rob de Bank, as well as BBC Radio 6’s Nemone and Gideon Coe), Owain Lloyd (mixing engineer for everyone from Oakenfold and Weller to Niall Horan) and Dave [The Rave] Brennan (ex The End recordings and key player at tech-house dons’ label, Bombis), offer a simply gorgeous blend of dub electronica with their obvious likes on house music, a bit of a techno blow, and all filtered in the grooves of the real Balearic dance music.
Based in South London, Rude Audio is a collective with a history of putting on fantastic underground parties, releasing the occasional dubby Balearic opus, engineering for the disparate likes of Paul Weller, Lemon Jelly and Royal Blood and generally mooching about anywhere that doesn’t have bouncers or operate a dress code. How could it be different, how could it all sound better than that, as each track on the album is targeting the original dancing tribes with music created primarily far from the mainstream show off norms…the record is all an original sonic bliss for the dedicated dancefloors. Let me show you another wing of Rude Audio‘s artistry, this is track no.4 in the album ‘Rude Mission’!
The new album also features one of the band’s favourite remixers in the cosmos – Bedford Falls Players. The remix from main man Mark Cooper has taken ‘To The Sun’ into a dark room and given it a right old working over. As you see, the album is quite versatile including many different options on the band’s already colorful sonic wall!
Here also is the most spooky tune in the album, ‘Don’t Follow Me’ where electronic little darts swim into the Balearic matter, sounding like it seemingly holds inside the band’s core!
Anyone who enjoys more open minded dance floors, or even has hazy memories of the transition from a Balearic ethos to something more progressive minded on 90s dancefloors, will find something on here to float their boat absolutely!