With the lines between dubstep, techno, house and hip-hop becoming more blurred by the day, Stuffrecords unleashes another new EP that occupies this netherground but still sounds uniquely Stuff. The Village Orchestra is the techno nom de plume of Ruaridh Law, one third of The Marcia Blaine School Girls. This EP reflects his DJ sets, a complex melange of broken techno, dubstep, old skool hardcore and Detroit. ‘Dwyer’ sums this up perfectly, drawing heavily on the spirit of old skool hardcore with its classic bassline (sample spotters take note!) and rave breaks falling in and out of the mix.
‘Dwyer Bonus Beats’ straightens it out for the DJ but still keeps the rough-edged spirit of the original intact. Dubstep man of the year, 2562, was an ideal choice for the remix – fresh from the success of his album Aerial on Tectonic. His refix of ‘Afanc’ is a spacious beast, half dubstep and half Chain Reaction Heroin House. It segues perfectly into the final track ‘Tober’, an epic slice of Detroit-inspired goodness.
The first 200 records are accompanied by a CDR of the mini album, The Dark is Rising. Artwork taken from a painting by Stuffrec’ family member Krypt, reworked by Goodhand in a Remote Location.