Awesome 3
Don't Go


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
February 25th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


The early 90's British rave scene was responsible for a number of highly energetic, breakbeat infused electronic acts which had their stylistic roots in acid house, hip-hop and techno, such as The Prodigy, SL2, Acen and Shut Up And Dance, all centered around a drug fueled community of a multicultural selection of lower middle-class youths who lived around London's M25 motorway. Whether you refer to this music simply as old school, or electro, or breakbeat hardcore, recordings from this period are numerous, but little known act Awesome 3 happened to release one of the best songs of the era with Don't Go, presented here as a short EP with a number of remixes.

This song is quite simply infectious, an analogue bassline hammers you from the beginning punctuated by some upbeat piano keys as a female voice sings a repeated line over and over -

"I cannot bear to see you leave me, I'm begging you don't go!
and though you tell me that you love me, sometimes I just don't know
".

Energetic breakbeats drive the song, and a shining pop quality is evident in the songwriting. I feel this could have been a small radio hit back in the day given appropriate exposure, which makes its obscurity a shame. The remixes flesh this album out nicely, the Kicks Like A Mule and 2nd Movement edits fine rearrangements whilst the 760 mix moves into more acid house realms. The good thing is that these are lengthy enough to make a listen through of Don't Go not just seem like a mere single with some filler thrown in. The final track included here, Headstrong, is good by it's own merits, a repetitive, early 90's UK rave ready electronic piece with no vocal samples that would make a b-sides collection by The Prodigy proud.

I find Don't Go simply a great track, in all of it's several arrangements presented here. There were a wealth of great electronic acts releasing stuff around the early 90's, but I feel this stands out enough to be distinctive from the crowd.



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Meatplow
February 25th 2011


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4HhUSQA_7s

yes this is a single, but it hard to come by full albums in a lot of electronic subgenres which is why I was strongly opposed to not allowing singles on this website around the time the database was last improved upon. there is an EP/single overlap anyway which makes the line increasingly blurry, so please don't delete mods



kanecooper
February 25th 2011


630 Comments


nice review

might might might look into this at some point

Maniac!
February 25th 2011


27989 Comments


deleted in

3...

2..


1.

Meatplow
February 25th 2011


5524 Comments


might might might look into this at some point


just click on the youtube link it'll take a few minutes

kanecooper
February 25th 2011


630 Comments


but that would mean an immediate and active investment

Meatplow
February 25th 2011


5524 Comments


are you getting full returns on your current use of time

if not, let me help you

kanecooper
February 25th 2011


630 Comments


i need your help sir

Meatplow
February 25th 2011


5524 Comments


and though you tell me that you love me, sometimes I just don't know

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2011


32190 Comments


Awesome

Meatplow
February 26th 2011


5524 Comments


have you heard this Deviant? thought you might like it

considering reviewing SL2's On A Ragga Tip next

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2011


32190 Comments


That will be a review I would be very interested in reading

And yeah I have, but it was more than a few years ago. Very acid-y

scissorlocked
March 2nd 2011


3527 Comments


seems good...



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