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Having ingested the Second Summer of Love's acid house good-vibery, Dirty Beatniks saw the inherent similarity to early-'80s underground breaks and decided to make the two walk down the aisle — even if it took a shotgun at their backs to do it. One One Seven in the Shade is a grubby, clattery, and wholly bestial record. But luckily, it hasn't yet come to terms with its influences. Like better big beat, "Don't Stop" eschews wonky samples in favor of scorching old-skool instrumental hip-hop, giving the likes of the Chemical Brothers much fuel for their live sets, while "Straight & Narrow" is all uncorked breakbeats trying to reconstruct those clammy, clenched all-nighters. There is a sense of the album losing steam at mid-point, but only a Belle & Sebastian fan would be intractable enough to not realize how tricky it is for this stuff to work.


Formed: 1993 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A raw, grubby big beat act who filter influences from acid house and old-school rap through breakbeat techno, Dirty Beatniks was formed by friends Neil Higgins and Rory Carille, who met in Dublin during the late-'80s glory days of acid house. After moving to London in 1990, they added bassist/producer Justin Underhill and made their debut remixing for Cujo, Ruby, Akasha, and Marxman. After signing to Wall of Sound, London's favorite beat-specific label, the trio recorded the EP Bridging the Gap,...
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