The drum'n'bass kings talk exclusively to nme.com about 'The Creeps'...

Ed Rush & Optical, whose debut album ‘WORMHOLE’ was one of the most popular drum’n’bass albums yet, have announced details of their second album

The album is entitled ‘The Creeps’, and continues the tight, dark and twisted drum’n’bass sound that has become their trademark. Talking exclusively to nme.com, Ed Rush explained how the album had been recorded piecemeal to fit in with the pair’s manic DJ schedule. “The tracks are spaced over a long period of time,” he explained. “It means we’ve come out with quite a varied sound.”

He was also upbeat about the current state of drum’n’bass, despite accusations that the genre is on the wane. “I think it was true to a certain degree,” he considered. “There tended to be so much noise, people forgot there was a groove going on. It’s not a noise competition. We’re still into disgustingly noisy tracks, but as long as it’s got a groove. Maybe it’s a reflection of us maturing a little bit. It’s still hard beats, but I think the obvious aggression has maybe died down a little bit.”


A vinyl version of ‘The Creeps’ will be released sometime in November, the CD in February 2001. Both are released through Wormhole Records.


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