Friday, March 7, 2008

Renegade Soundwave

Formed in London during the late '80s, Renegade Soundwave applied the punk and industrial ethic to both dub and dancefloor electronica, in good company with fellow sound terrorists throughout the decade, from Cabaret Voltaire to Skinny Puppy and Meat Beat Manifesto. Equally well known for their skill as producers and remixers as recording artists in their own right, the RSW influence was felt throughout dance music in the 1990s. Genres such as big beat and drum and bass, whose sounds were not defined until well after the release of the first RSW records, all owe a debt to Renegade Soundwave, while The Chemical Brothers have cited RSW as one of the biggest influences in their sound.
The trio of Gary Asquith, Danny Briottet and Carl Bonnie debuted on the Rhythm King label with the "Kray Twins" single, their early records mixed together the sound of the then embryonic dance scene, east-end hip-hop, dub and electro-industrial noise. Later singles such as "Biting My Nails" and "The Phantom" became early dance-floor classics, with "Probably a Robbery" reaching the UK singles chart in 1990.A switch to Mute Records brought the release of the debut long-player "Soundclash" in 1989 an album they'd spent two years recording material for, maybe less of a surprise then that it was followed up 6 months later by "In Dub". At this point, Bonnie exited to pursue a solo career (citing musical differences), leaving Briottet & Asquith to continue as a duo. They spent several years in isolation before emerging in 1994 with the "Renegade Soundwave" single and the album How You Doin? During late 1994, after playing their first live date since their participation in 1991's "Mute Over America" tour, the duo released Brixton and The Next Chapter of Dub the following year. RSW formally disbanded in 1995, this compilation RSW 87-95 emerged in 1996.

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