Based in South London, Rude Audio is a collective with a history of putting on fantastic underground parties, releasing the occasional dubby Balearic opus, engineering for the disparate likes of Paul Weller, Lemon Jelly and Royal Blood and generally mooching about anywhere that doesn’t have bouncers or operate a dress code.
The core of the collective are Mark Ratcliff (whose releases have been played by the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Laurent Garnier, Kris Needs, Don Letts, Graeme Park and Rob de Bank, as well as BBC Radio 6’s Nemone and Gideon Coe), Owain Lloyd (mixing engineer for everyone from Oakenfold and Weller to Niall Horan) and Dave [The Rave] Brennan (ex The End recordings and key player at tech house dons’ label, Bombis).
“I had half an eye on some of the underground but outdoor summer parties proliferating in my manor when pulling together various elements on the release, although the likelihood of engaging with a blissful, sun kissed milieu in South London during July and August is less likely than engaging with a dirty rave in a damp squat, where everyone’s complaining about why we aren’t having a summer this year,” says Mark Ratcliff.
Mark disappeared to the middle of nowhere for a few days in homage to that old adage about getting your head together in the country, to lay down the basic tracks for the original tunes on the release, before coming back to London and working closely with Owain Lloyd to bash things into shape. A love of dub and leftfield house may have been infiltrated by one or two brighter and shinier elements because the bands engineer – Dave Brennan – who is usually the voice of reason and stops shifts trance-wards, wasn’t around.
The new album also features one of the band’s favourite remixers in the cosmos – Bedford Falls Players. The remix from main man Mark Cooper has taken ‘To The Sun’ into a dark room and given it a right old working over. The result is brutal but gorgeous.
Another favourite organisation is the enigmatic and mysterious Fearless Few Collective, who got their hands on a couple of tunes, before putting them through their various wringers. Kitsch Kub’s remix of ‘Rumble On Arab St’ is the sound of a gorgeous summer’s evening whilst Valtow’s dub takes the same tune in to stunning Balearic waters. Zar has taken a leaf from Bedford Falls Players book, insofar as he has given ‘Pipeline Screaming’ a right and royal working over. leaving it a quivering techno/dub hybrid.
Anyone who enjoys more open minded dance floors, or even has hazy memories of the transition from a Balearic ethos to something more progressive minded on 90s dancefloors, will find something on here to float their boat. (Shameless)