One of the things that really annoyed us Techno Dads back in the day was the weird BPM arms race that occurred from 1992 onwards in rave music. You actually got numpties making 300bpm gabba records, while Scotland went resolutely into happy hardcore territory. The annoying thing was a lot of the sounds were excellent, really extreme boundary-pushing angry music, especially in the Belgian and Dutch proto-gabba records. But too damned fast.
An obvious move is simply to slow all the tracks down, which is exactly what Radio Soulwax have done here. At 115 bpm the music has a bit of space for the noises to breathe in. There’s something weirdly hypnotic about watching young gabba heads dancing in slow motion at dad speed. Soulwax say that at the time they hated these kind of hoover-tastic dark rave tunes, but they have since realised the error of their ways.
If you’re wondering where that hoover noise comes from, look no further than this post..