With all the the heaps of praise that Zomby’s “Where were u in ’92? album received last year, I have to say I didn’t see the big deal with that one. It was good but didn’t make my head explode scanners-style or anything. On the other hand, there was another recent album of “new-oldschool” stuff which I think was good but barely noticed by anyone, and which seemed to “fall through the cracks”: Glowstyx’s “Class of 92″ CD. This album was a concept album by Bong Ra, and came out about a year before the Zomby album. It even has a similar album cover (picture of someone wearing the artist’s T shirt). Rather than just incorporating flourishes of 92 ala the Zomby record, the Glowstyx album takes Prodigy’s “Experience” record as a clear primary influence and extrapolates a lot of the vibes from that into a full new album of old rave music.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that the label which released this album has also released music by me… however, I’m constantly giving the label owner shit for a lot of the new music he’s releasing. I just happen to think this album is good and wish more people would have checked it out.