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Shades of Rhythm

The Factory


When asked to describe hardcore, those of you who were around back in the day will think of the chart hits of Peterborough’s Shades of Rhythm: anthemic synthesized strings and arena-shaking basslines bumping along beneath breakbeats and platitudinous diva sound bites. From organising illegal parties in and around their native Peterborough in 1989, the SOR trio of Kevin Lancaster, Nick Slater and Rayan ‘Gee’ Hepburn went on to become a key part of what Simon Reynolds has called "the British rave explosion". With their restless, acid-fuelled energies lashed to stark breakbeats, they strongly evoke the rave culture they appeared from as well as resonating in several strands of electronic dance music that followed.