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ACIDIC – COME WITH ME – 21ST OCTOBER 2017 – ALTERN 8

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ALTERN 8 AKA MARK ARCHER 

Mark Archer started his Production career in 1988 when along with Dean Meredith, he ventured up to the newly opened Blue Chip Studio’s in his hometown of Stafford. Starting off as a hip hop/sample house group called Rhythm Mode D, they recorded a few tracks for the studio’s own label before branching out with different styles including acid house and techno amongst others. Archer was a founder member of Bizarre inc… before starting up a new project under the name Nexus 21 who had a string of releases on renowned labels such as Network and R&S Records (and were famously the first artists to receive a remix by the legendary Carl Craig on their ‘Still (Life Keeps Moving)’ single).

 

At the same time, Mark began a side project, which was to become one of the biggest names in rave history, Altern 8.
Altern 8 crashed the UK charts in 1991 with ‘Infiltrate 202’ and ‘Activ-8 (come with me)’, two chaotic slices of hardcore, the latter reaching number 3. They were aided in their chart aspirations by the circulation of fictitious press stories concerning their alleged activities, which included promoting the decongestant Vicks Vapo Rub, which, it was claimed, heightened the effects of Ecstasy; and standing as local candidates for the 1993 General Election.
Their live events were also designed as eye catching performances, where the band donned RAF chemical warfare suits and dust masks. They were aided by their resident dancers and MC MkOne, in the case of their gig at Stafford’s Bingley Hall, an actual shaman. His job was to cleanse the venue of its ‘rock n roll’, prior to performance.
Additional vinyl outings included the ‘Overload ep’ (1990), ‘Frequency’ (10,000 copies of which were on sale for a single day only and written solely by Archer), and another top ten hit, ’Evapor 8’, followed by ’Hypnotic St8’, the LP ‘Full on Mask Hysteria’ (number 10 in the LP charts).
The protagonists long maintained that this was a temporary diversion from their main project, Nexus 21, and confirmed this by releasing a ‘final’ Altern 8 single, ‘Everybody’, in June 1993.
Mark Archer has gone on to form Slo-Moshun, a duo of Archer and Danny Taurus from Stoke on Trent. They released ‘Bells of New York’, one of the biggest club hits of early 1994, breaking the main top 30 on the back of its house/hip hop undulations. However, some of the Altern 8 methodology remained – this time the scam was to trick everyone into thinking it was a US import.
Archer has gone on to record tracks as diverse as Nu Skool Breaks for Rennie Pilgrem’s label TCR, under the pseudonym ‘Mr Nex’, and remixed ‘Edzy’s’ – ‘Do it till you burn’ on Strictly Rhythm.
2007 was a return to the sound of Nexus 21 with the solo release of the ‘Songs for einna EP’ on the Black Dogs new label offshoot DS93, the ep sold out before it’s release date and has had collectors paying big money for the sought after vinyl only release.
The EP was followed earlier this year with the release on new label Mutate of the ‘Ring of Gyges EP’ which follows on from the DS93 release in style. contributions on Balkan Vinyl’s Coloured series and Rave Wars, along with a 2011 remake of his own “Frequency” and 2013 remake of ‘Armageddon’ tracks (originally credited to Altern 8) featured remixes by Killa Productions and Luke Vibert, KiNK, Dj Marky and a whole host of big name remixers.
Mark has continued to dj through his career in various styles but mainly on the ‘Oldskool’ scene playing classics from the golden era of ‘rave’ 1988-1992.

 

 

 

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SI MCLEAN

Now vinyl’s cool again, come check the man who never realised it went out of fashion.

Si McLean started out DJing and running a club night in Bristol with Jamie Anderson and Jesse
Rose in the early 90’s. From breaking warehouses, squat & free parties he later became co-
promoter and resident DJ at Bristol’s much-loved club night Species where he made his name
playing acid techno. Playing around the country at legendary nights like Sheffield’s Headcharge,
Leed’s Cabbage, Frantic and Escape from Samsara,
Si moved to Sheffield in 2005 and started experimenting with his sound, mixing heavier breaks,
bass and techno. Despite the change of scene, his continued to put nights on and over the
years with Future Funk, North N South and the mini-festival Camp Disco.
More recently, he’s been back in the studio with old friend Mobile Dogwash making acid under
the name Acid Kazuals.
When he steps up to the decks this summer, expect heavy breaks mashed up with old skool
jungle, techno and serious basslines.
Old Skool Party vibes!

 

 

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MOBILE DOGWASH

Bringing you fat rolling acid techno from the north of the uk, Mobile Dogwash rocks the dance floor with his storming 303 driven sound.

It was 1997 when Mobile Dogwash starting producing acid techno in his hometown of Sheffield.

Not satisfied with the trappings of his studio, he soon earned himself a resident slot at the legendary Headcharge, the club responsible for playing the north’s most banging techno.

Mobile Dogwash honed his sound, his ears never far away from a speaker with London techno pouring from it. Six years after the project started, he collaborated with The Pranksterz, earning him his first release on Acid Test.

Since then, Mobile Dogwash has had releases on some of techno’s most reputable labels. Abusive 303, Acid Test, Acid Test Remix, Brain Gravy, Chase Yer Tail, Cluster, Corrosive, DIP, Hive, Injector, Interstate One, Scythe Squadron, Stay Up Forever Remix, Stay Up Forever & Wah Wah have all put out his work, with forthcoming releases on 303 Alliance, Abusive 303, Avin it, Chase Yer Tail, Project 303, & Suf Protest in the coming months.

Not the lone star that some DJs tend to be, Mobile Dogwash has regular company in the studio in varying forms; Ron Atomizer (who was a part of and helped develop the sound of Mobile Dogwash in the earlier days), Dave Atomizer (Twisted Tyrants), Si McLean (Acid Kazuals), Pablo Sonic Terrorist (Orgy of Distortion), Benji303 (Conspiracy Realists), Fabulous 23s and OB1 (Wake n Bake), plus future collaborations planned with Steve Mills, Tassid and Tik Tok.

Recently he has been back in the studio with Dynamic Intervention (results out on Chase Yer Tail) and has been working this year with acid techno legend The Geezer (two tracks recently out on Wah Wah, with a third blinder in the bag headed for vinyl) and acid techno ubermeister Sterling Moss. Mark Eg has been to the Dogwash studio just last month & they banged out a 303 driven rifftastic cracker – this will feature on Mark & Chrissy’s forthcoming acid label, along with two other tracks written with Dave Atomizer & MK303. Watch out for remixes & original tracks on Benji303’s forthcoming label 303 Alliance, plus more releases produced with the usual suspects Ron, Dave & Si.

Mobile Dogwash rocks the dance floor with his rolling hard acid sound and plays regularly across the width and breadth of UK and abroad. Highlights of Mobile Dogwash’s last year include playing at Boomtown Festival (Acidic/Raveyard) and across the sea in Ireland (Transformer Sounds).

 

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MATT ACIDIC 

Matt Acidic is the creative mastermind of The Rave Yard stage at Boomtown Fair. The Rave Yard started life as a micro venue hidden in the woods, but due to the popularity of the music and DJs 2017 will see a much larger stage, & sound system return. Matt has worked really hard to bring the stage. That will show the years of rave from the early 90s when Matt got into the music we call Rave.

When not performing, Matt spends any spare time in the studio writing and producing tunes seeing the launch of Rave Yard Records in 2015 which has already gained huge success with several releases including one 4 track EP on vinyl and other digital downloads being mastered ready for release.

 

In between mixing and music production DJ Acidic is also the founder and promoter of ACIDIC, Bristol’s leading bi-annual underground techno event which takes place at AREA 81. The ACIDIC nights are legendary and will this year be celebrating 15 years of rocking the dance floor.

 

Matt’s musical style is heavily influenced by the London Techno scene with Acid Techno being his favourite style to DJ, although he’s well known across the dance scene for his mixing skills and can be found spinning tunes that encompass a variety of genres including Breaks, Psy Trance, Electro and House.

 

Matt’s DJ career took off in the early 00’s when he was first booked to DJ at Lunacy. Following this success Matt quickly gained a residency spot at Oblivious as well as securing regular DJ sets at numerous events across the U.K.  A massive highlight to date in Matt’s career has to be performing on the amazing Arcadia stage at the Glade festival.

 

For all dj bookings please contact: Matt on email: matt@djacidic.co.uk
For information on Acidic please contact:

 

matt@acidicsoundsystem.co.uk
For information on the Rave Yard please contact: matt@theraveyard.co.uk

 

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DIRTY DILEMMA

Expect some of the dirtiest Drum and Bass!

 

 

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