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Never Bettered Always Battered


Of Paradise
OP020 | 2022-09-30  
Stratton returns to Of Paradise for the labels 20th release. Chalking up a hat-trick of EPs on the imprint, with the impeccably effective Never Bettered Always Battered. Arguably his most accomplished and significant release to date, this 4-tracker effortlessly showcases the London-based producers expertly distilled and patented style of evocative and headstrong UK hardcore. The A-side launches with the anthemic Badboy, a true floor melter, loaded with tunnelling drums, an electric bassline and a criminally infectious chopped vocal. Following that is Double Happiness (Bludclot Mix), a lethal dose of no nonsense proto-rave goods, emanating from the streets of North London. The product of a truly skilled operator who fully understands the inner workings of the kick, hoover and piano.Bless kicks off the flip side with effortless momentum. The impetus clearly focused on rupturing bassbins and rewiring brains, with its weapons grade drums, growling bassline, lethal Amen break, euphoric melody and rabid hoover. Closing out the release is Vapour Trail Hurricane another system-rushing slice of hardcore mastery that pulls no punches in its pursuit of dance floor dominance. Fuelled by a hammering kick, sharp sirens and swirling acid lines, these are the final moments before imminent self destruction. This is true peak-time pressure from one of the UKs most exciting and inimitable talents.
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