Acen – Close Your Eyes / Trip II the Moon15 December, 2012
The lights circle the heaving dancefloor like swooping angels. The crowd flail wildly as the bassline drops deep, a physical pummeling in your stomach and lower. The snares skitter from both sides, now forward, now back. Synth lines buzz and screech, sending spiralling trails of synaesthetic colour across your E-addled vision. It’s rising, coalescing, everything coming together in a thunderous wall of sound that threatens like a stormfront to break, to break, to… “Here comes the sun… here comes the sun…” sings George Harrison as all the golden scans come on at once, every hand in the place shoots skywards and the top of everyone’s head lifts clean off, in response to the most glorious E-friendly sample drop of all time.
Welcome once more Acen, aka Syed Razvi, producer of legendary early hardcore classics “Close Your Eyes” and the epic three volumes of “Trip II the Moon”. You’ll find a few of these sides on compilations, and a couple (without that joyous Beatles sample on “Optikonfusion”, unsurprisingly) made it onto the disappointing album 75 Minutes. If you want it, seven mixes of “Window in the Sky” and all, you’ll find it turns up online from time to time. What follows, though, are the real shit.
All are new 320 rips from original twelves; any crackles are merely authentic souvenirs of a wild, wild time.
Close Your Eyes, 12″, Production House PNT034, 1991
a. Close Your Eyes (XXX Mix)
b. Close Your Eyes (Vitamin E Mix)
Close Your Eyes Remixes, 12″, Production House PNT034R, 1991
a. Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion!)
b. Close Your Eyes (The Sequel)
Trip II the Moon pt1, 12″, Production House PNT042, 1992
a. Trip II the Moon
Trip II the Moon pt2, 12″, Production House PNT042R, 1992
a. Trip II the Moon (The Darkside)
b. The Life and Crimes of a Ruffneck
Trip II the Moon – Kaleidoscopiklimax, 12″, Production House PNT042RX, 1992
a. Trip II the Moon (Kaleidoscopiklimax)
b. Obsessed II (Pictures of Silence)