Vault Check: DD Hass + X 10 CIV – Hi Tec Muuusic

Music is subjective, as are opinions, but for me personally, it’s always been about the impact of the drum track. The early hardcore scene was all about impactful, well-executed (and sometimes not so well executed!) sampled drum loops that tore dancefloors to shreds. It was an all-out war during these tentative years to see who could lift the cleanest, hardest, most obscure drum samples and rebirth them in a hardcore setting, at least until LTJ Bukem released Demon’s Theme anyway.

Of all the Gems that 1991 spawned, and ’91 was after all the year that UK breakbeat really came into its own as a musical entity, this has to be among the finest. With a screeching, mutated hoover straight out of Belgium and a hypnotic ping pong top line (and only what remains of a bassline underneath one of the drum loops), this track relied purely on that monstrous drum sample kicking in at 0.44 to do damage, and that’s exactly what it did.

A devastating piece of UK hardcore by any stretch.