Some things are meant to last. Some other aren’t. Sometimes, though, you have to say goodbye for the last time to something that you’ve been attached to, something that you would never leave, but that is leaving you. This is the case of the dark drum & bass colossus Renegade Hardware, a label that scored a number of unforgettable records that is not second to any other label. We’re talking about history, and history is talking to us with this Final Chapter LP, the last song that this beautiful black swan named RH has gifted us with, and I’m going full sentimental. If you want to hear the whole story, watch this 1-hour video here.
In the last year I have interviewed many artists of the Neurofunk scene and there was never a time in which one of them didn’t mention a Renegade Hardware song. Maztek showed us his RH tattoo as a sign of devotion, Neve fell in love with drum & bass after listening to Konflikt (Messiah) at a live in his small hometown, Syze has continued her career as a singer and manager in the USA but took part in this final release just like in the old days. The names of Friction, Cause 4 Concern, Chase & Status will be forever bound to their releases with RH. Also huge names as Calyx & Teebee and as Noisia have releases on RH and can refer to this label as inspiration for their sound, ranging in the darkest bad vibes of drum & bass. Not to mention Bad Company, which played a big role in the label early Trouble on Vinyl days.
This LP is a full concentrate of the darkest, deepest and heaviest drum & bass on the market. Made up of 31 songs that are all alike in terms of quality, benchmarking and sound design, we’re facing a true monster LP. Listening to it from start to end is a strongly suggested experience, which will throw you back to the good old days in less than one song. This doesn’t mean that all the artists that took part to it are old glories of this genre (there is no Friction / Maldini Back-2-Back, so to say): on the contrary, many newcomers found their way in this work and tried to cope with a sound that characterized the techy side of drum & bass scene for the last 20 years. Many tracks feature MC lyrics which, to me, is always a good idea and is sadly becoming less popular. Back in the days where drum & bass was still only rave music for the few, hip hop used to be a big part of it and the two scenes have developed a symbiontic relationtip quite easily.
There are very few words that actually fit this moment, for me and for all of you readers. RH has disappeared in 2015 and, after this last backstrike, it will disappear forever from the “future releases” section. But this doesn’t mean that it will disappear from our memories, and from our devices. We all have that couple of tracks we always play and most likely they’re from RH. To me, for example, the early Noisia & The Upbeats are a turn-on every time. Keeping the memory, spreading the word, showing respect to this colossus and the history it made is something we should all teach to the new generations before they forget where the sound comes from. The best way to do this is to buy the LP at the link we provide here, 31 songs that you will mix ’til the end of days. Bless, Renegade Hardware.