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His early collaborations with sound engineer Nico yielded critical acclaim for the creative use of eerie vocal samples and swirling breakbeats.
Indeed so, this album "Torque" on Nico's No-U-Turn was hailed by many as a landmark album in the course of development/mutation of drum and bass. Their creative partnership spawned countless imitators with average horror movie dialogues and well, cheap imitations. Ed Rush subsequently partnered up with Optical and taking his brand of drum and bass to another level.
The music might sounded as if Rush and Optical got stuck in a '90s time capsule, however, from the opening blast to the final hihat crash, the music was one pure non-stop adrenaline rush, yet with enough menace to keep the listener on the edge. That said, the music could be cranked up for your rave-up freak-outs, or headphone music to serve your appetite for a headrush.
The 2nd CD offers a DJ mix by Ed Rush with the same tracks, however, seemingly Ed Rush lacks the confidence of a master of the wheels and it came off as unorganized and overbearing stream and dataflow. That said, this album showed the production team of Ed Rush and Optical are still the reigning masters of dark and brooding drum and bass.