Despite a dodgy fondness for East End crims, one of the finest dance groups to come from London proper. Their career was a game of two halves, covering the change from primitive dance sounds as exemplified by their “Probably A Robbery” to bigger, more sophisticted beats of their later work in the “Howyoudoin” period. They made cracking tunes and were pretty damn fine live, when I saw them at the Megadog (they rarely played live).

Formed in London during the late ’80s, Renegade Soundwave applied the punk and industrial ethic to both dub and dancefloor electronica, in good company with fellow sound terrorists throughout the decade, from Cabaret Voltaire to Skinny Puppy and Meat Beat Manifesto. The trio of Gary Asquith, Danny Briottet and Carl Bonnie debuted on Rhythm King with the 1987 single “Kray Twins,” and moved to Mute one year later for an EP, Biting My Nails. Though Renegade Soundwave spent two years recording material for an album, the release of Soundclash and In Dub within six months vindicated them somewhat. The group’s only hit, “Probably a Robbery” (from Soundclash), made the British Top 40 early in 1990, but Bonnie left later that year for a solo career. Asquith and Briottet spent several years in isolation before emerging in 1994 with the “Renegade Soundwave” single and the album How You Doin? After playing their first live date in history during late 1994, the duo released Brixton and The Next Chapter of Dub the following year. The compilation RSW 87-95 emerged in 1996. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

A selection of mixes from their singles. If you want more RSW, you should get their “Best of” CD – Renegade Soundwave 87-95:

Renegade Soundwave – Brixton (Sabres of Paradise Mix)  

Renegade Soundwave – Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield Mix)  

Renegade Soundwave – Space Gladiator (Dub)  

Renegade Soundwave – The Phantom (Remix)  

 Renegade Soundwave – Women Respond to Bass (12 inch vocal mix)  

Renegade Soundwave – Renegade Soundwave whistling guitar mix  

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~ by acidted on November 9, 2009.


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