Drum 'n bass changed after this

Artist - Ed Rush + Optical
Album - Wormhole
Released - 16th November 1998
Highlights - Track 10: Wormhole / Track 6: Compound
This groundbreaking album released 23 years ago marked a major shift in the drum and bass sound of the 1990's and altered its landscape forever, single-handedly creating a whole subgenre 'Neurofunk'.

Produced and mixed at Optical's own studio in Soho, London it was released on their own Virus Recordings label on 16 November 1998. Using pre-PC production techniques on an array of studio equipment including a range of guitar effect pedals and sampled recordings of actual drummers, Ed Rush + Optical created an album beyond anything that anyone had done at the time. With drums being the main focus, it's interspersed with some pounding bass lines (listen to tracks Splinter and Millenium), up tempo snares and an array of instrumental and vocal samples throughout (listen to track Slip Thru) delivering a timeless experience. 'Compound' with its scratch melody is a highlight - at 8 minutes long it is relentless, bursting with dark energy.

There is no doubt this is a watershed album - two absolute legends of dark electronic music created something that showcases some of the best drum and bass ever made. If you have never heard this album or haven't given it a listen for a while, do yourself a favour and get to know it. You don't want to miss out on hearing some of the best Drum 'n Bass ever made.

Artist - Ed Rush + Optical
Album - Wormhole
Released - 16th November 1998
Highlights - Track 10: Wormhole / Track 6: Compound
This groundbreaking album released 23 years ago marked a major shift in the drum and bass sound of the 1990's and altered its landscape forever, single-handedly creating a whole subgenre 'Neurofunk'.

Produced and mixed at Optical's own studio in Soho, London it was released on their own Virus Recordings label on 16 November 1998. Using pre-PC production techniques on an array of studio equipment including a range of guitar effect pedals and sampled recordings of actual drummers, Ed Rush + Optical created an album beyond anything that anyone had done at the time. With drums being the main focus, it's interspersed with some pounding bass lines (listen to tracks Splinter and Millenium), up tempo snares and an array of instrumental and vocal samples throughout (listen to track Slip Thru) delivering a timeless experience. 'Compound' with its scratch melody is a highlight - at 8 minutes long it is relentless, bursting with dark energy.

There is no doubt this is a watershed album - two absolute legends of dark electronic music created something that showcases some of the best drum and bass ever made. If you have never heard this album or haven't given it a listen for a while, do yourself a favour and get to know it. You don't want to miss out on hearing some of the best Drum 'n Bass ever made.