The EP is only the third release from Lossless Music's 90s-oriented sub-label Dope Plates
What we have here is EP#3 from Dope Plates, a sub-label of Soul Intent's Lossless Music set up last year specifically to cater for more retro-flavoured, 90s-inspired D&B releases. So no prizes for guessing what this sounds like!
The EP's title track sees Soul Intent teaming up once more with Acid Lab, as he did on the last Dope Plates release. Clash Of Headz opens with a full minute and half of atmospheric intro; said intro is pierced by some ominous, metallic synth scrapes, admittedly, but even that doesn't prepare you for the fierce Amens that are to come, introduced by a rastaman vocal saying (I think) "dubplate style". It's like 1994 all over again!
Move, which follows, comes from Soul Intent on his own, and has a lighter, more musical touch as well as house-y diva vocal snips. If this had actually come out in the mid-90s you'd now have to call it 'proto-liquid', which I guess means it's actually post-liquid proto-liquid, but that makes my head hurt so let's move on to the third and final track, Mike Alert. Somewhat confusingly, this comes from neither Soul Intent nor Acid Lab, but rather from someone called Pepsi Slammer; in any case, it opens with a vaguely sci-fi-ish intro, then builds via female vocal snips and some ferociously fast drums into an impressively authentic-sounding homage to vintage hardcore, just as/just before it started turning into jungle/D&B.
All of which means this is one that will make ageing ravers very happy, as well as entertaining the younger floors.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 14 July
Review Score: 8