Get your glow sticks at the ready as the French/Korean duo 90 Process unleash an aggressively epic five track release on Lobster Theremin. This sweat inducing, club-ready release is full of epic breaks, kicks and slaps, calling out to the foregone yesteryears as a homage to their greatness.
Title track No Warehouse Needed starts with all the momentum of a steam train, hitting you at full speed from the get-go. It’s a deer in the headlights opener as the kicks captivate you as the drop is awaited. It’s a smart introduction as intrigue is capitalised on immediately with gusto and bass. The second song, Hate In The Pants, is rolling 90s techno in its entirety. The acid-trance flex gives it an old school Emmanuel top feel. I alluded to trance making a comeback this year in our 2018 In Preview article and here is a prime example to support my argument. This song is bringing back the fun to the dance floor; it’s heavy but with the right amount of smile added to it - you can imagine grinning ravers with bloated cheeks punching the air in complete admiration.
Strange Feeling is a jungle track, pure and simple. Its deep, dark breaks define it as a perfect set splitter, caressing the listener down from one high and journeying them on through to the next. Knowledge Wasn’t My Plan is another rolling banger, a trance-tech thumper with snares and cymbal which grab you more than the base. The final song on the EP, Strictly Cut, interlopes hazy synths and breaks on top of a sizzling drum pattern. It's a track which sums up the multifaceted nature of 90 Process's sound, showing all their influences - techno, trance, acid, DnB, jungle and breakbeat - and journeying the listener through the history of rave sounds.
No Warehosue Needed? Is this a call to the illegal and freedom of rave culture? Or an insistence that this can be played in any venue, club, afters, festivals? It certainly can work in any of those. I Would love to see the unexacting customer pick this vinyl up and be dragged into the 90s, throwing doubt and confusion into their mind whether this is a reissue or just a nostalgic trip to the heyday of rave.
Words: Tai Kolade