Review: Unknown Artist – Pretty Boys Don’t Survive Upnorth

Label: HATE
Catalog#: HATE002


A: Pretty Boys Don’t Survive Upnorth
B: Pretty Boys Don’t Survive Upnorth – GFTUA Mix

Rating: 4,5/5


After reading the pressrelease, you know what it’s all about:

“The majority of the material on this label is previously unreleased, original junglist hardcore dating back to 1991-1994 from producers who wish to remain anonymous. A carload full of dubplates and DAT tapes full of unreleased material was handed over to the label at Sowerby bridge in Yorkshire sometime in 2008. The material (several hundred original tracks) has been gradually catalogued, with a few tracks already planned for release this year. HATE is a Modern Love project and the label might also feature occasional new versions from different producers. All HATE transmissions will be limited to 300 stamped copies.”

The guys behind Boomkat and Modern Love have started a new label with focus on dubstep-ish hardcore junglist grooves. And it is exactly as cool as it sounds.

Ripping beats with an old school rave synth combined with a killer bassline with heavy percussion and a vocal sample telling us that pretty boys does in fact not survive upnorth. As the artists behind this are from the same area as my father I’m ready to agree.

The A-side which holds the original mix is dated back to 1993 with the B-side being mixed in the summer of 2008, I prefer the latter actually, but both sides are pure killer tracks and mainly the arrangement differ.

If you can get hold of it, don’t hold out – this one’s highly recommended!

1 Response to “Review: Unknown Artist – Pretty Boys Don’t Survive Upnorth”

  1. 1 arthit October 28, 2008 at 01:27

    Brilliant! Would be nice to post some pic of the record/label?

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