The CRIMINAL FACE experience has been quite a ride. Sometimes you come across something unexpected that defies its origins and has somehow grown more valid with the passing of time. Was there ever a Hip-House scene in Sheffield? Certainly not that i remember. Yet here is a hard-ass crunching sound the came out of a demolished council estate in the late 1980’s. Rufus DLuX & NoMC are the purveyors, bending technical limitations to warp in sympathy with their trusty Oberheim DMX. Back in 1988 Sheffield was exploding with raw invention as the House scene flipped the Industrial Heartland on its back, Acid & Techno opened new doors of sonic metamorphosis, the rule book was vaporised and it was all about pushing the boundaries and creating something fresh. You can’t help but wonder just how many killer tracks are hidden away, forgotten and decaying on failed floppy discs, jammed DATs or, like the CRIMINAL FACE tracks, unmarked cassettes. When we first pulled these tunes out of the out rubble we really weren’t sure how to retrieve their souls, but with the aid and skill of top geezer and primo mastering engineer Toby Borrow the 6 tracks on this EP sound better and stronger than anyone could ever have imagined. The unspooling of cassette culture never stops!
released January 28, 2017
All tracks written, recorded and produced by Rufus DLuX & NoMC
Mastering by Toby Borrow
Artwork by FauxPa
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