Bitstream – Monolith

Here’s an epic slice of British electro from 1999, released on Bitstream’s own short-lived Signal label and now a bit of a collectors’ item. This is one of those rare tunes that works just as well on the dancefloor as it does on headphones or while late-night driving, with a serious bass flex and sharp 606 beats underpinning the emotionally charged strings, synths and vocoders. It’s also one of a fair few tunes that I thought no one else knew about until I moved to Glasgow and discovered it’s an underground anthem here. Double Density on the flipside also deserves an honourable mention: a magnificent slice of deep, icy electro with sci-fi synth washes and a nagging acid line.

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