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Thursday, Sep 25 2003 | 13:55

After last year’s “Big Bad Bass” album was released on Valve to critical acclaim and embraced by the worldwide dance music community, Dillinja escaped the album hype and sought refuge in the UK dance single charts, lounging comfortably in the rungs of the Top Three alongside the big guns for a string of releases, from “Live or Die” on Valve Recordings (dance hart #1) to his thuggish remix of Shy FX‘s classic “Wolf” (dance chart #1) and the strong vocal workout of “This Is The Warning” (dance chart #2; indie chart #4), again on Valve. His biggest success in 2003, however, has undoubtedly been his dancefloor anthem “Twist ‘Em Out” featuring Skibadee: a track which debuted to a thunderous reception courtesy of Andy C at the now infamous Trouble On Vinyl VS Valve Soundclash at the Stratford Rex back in 2002, and upon it’s re-release in 2003 became Dillinja‘s first track in his production career to break the Top 40 (chart position #35), and also become Radio One playlisted and featured on the highly popular Ali G series broadcast both in the US and the UK.

Lemon D, too, has had a successful year post “Big Bad Bass“, recording remixes of Vince Pope’s “Destination Unknown” which has featured on the successful Nintendo television commercials, and Alex Reese’s all-time classic “Pulp Fiction” on Metalheadz, and he paid his own little visits to the UK dance singles chart with the 12″ release “What Bass” (TOV). His biggest release of the year has been the superb punk fuelled “Generation X” (Valve), a track which made Lemon D the dance music press’ darling of the summer.

All this perfectly paved the way for “The Killa-Hertz” – Dillinja and Lemon D‘s sophomore album on Valve Recordings. Dillinja & Lemon D, perhaps the biggest perfectionists in drum’n’bass when it comes to their unique yet much imitated sound, put together a batch of new tracks on late spring, and proceeded to furiously test them to destruction at their earth trembling Valve Sound System events. A classic case of survival of the fittest, only the tracks which gained the biggest and best response were deemed good enough for the album. The full time whistle for the final tracklisting was blown as late as the end of June at Valve Sound System’s packed to the rafters party at London’s Coronet, and the aim since then has been to get the album out as soon as possible, releasing a fresh album that everyone can soon have a piece of, not just privileged few. And whilst new Dillinja & Lemon D dubs are more sought after than anything else on the international drum’n’bass circuit, the demand for the album tracks from DJs rocketed sky high to new extremes after “The Killa-Hertz” landed with neither warning nor the expected two and a half year build-up!

The album, like its predecessor “Big Bad Bass” is aimed squarely at the dancefloor and smashing up clubs, but includes several gems which have big crossover appeal. Tracks such as Lemon D‘s exquisite “Afterlife” featuring the vocals of Michelle Gayle, with Nathan Haines on saxophone, his follow-up punk fest “Ride With Us“, and the beautiful vocals of Dillinja‘s “Good Girl” and hardcore rave inspired “Hands In The Air” (both these tracks featuring the vocalist who laid down the law on “This Is The Warning” and “Thugged Out Bitch“).

The Killa-Hertz” album looks more than likely to fill the big bad shoes of “Big Bad Bass” and a lot more.

The Killa-Hertz” is going to release October, 27, 2003.

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