1990's 'Energy Flash' gets my vote as the greatest techno track of all time. With its radioactive bass-glow and pulsing loop-riff 'Energy Flash' sucks you into a miasmic maelstrom like nothing since the first acid house tracks. An insinuating whisper murmurs 'acid, ecstasy' like a dealer in the murk, or the voice-of-craving inside an addict's head. The track really does sound like the speedfreak's drug 'flash', like being plugged into an electric mains (no wonder amphetamine-aficiandos talk about being 'wired').And so on for 550 glorious pages. All of this delicious prose is fleshed out with a great deal of heavy cultural theorising, which while sometimes a little carried away, always makes great reading. If only all books on music could read like this. Of course, I downloaded the track described above. MP3:Joey Beltram-Energy Flash and another track by Beltram which Reynolds describes as follows
The monstrous 'Mentasm' sound - a swarming killer bee drone derived from the Roland Juno Alpha synthesiser, a writhing, seething, cyclone-hiss that sends ripples of shivery shuddery rapture over your entire body-surfaceMP3:Joey Beltram-Mentasm Yup, he likes his old school hardcore does Reynolds. Now I do too.