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Ed Rush & Optical

Jungle producer Ed Rush's name has become almost synonymous with the word "dark." With a steady string of 12" releases dragging drum'n'bass to hell and back, forcing taut, kettle-sized snare snaps through ringing rides and thunderous, super-dense basslines, Rush, together with frequent collaborator Nico Sykes, has been almost singularly responsible for jungle's eventual (re)turn to the darkside. Recording most often for Nico-related labels No U-Turn and Nu Black, Rush has also more recently begun to cast his net farther out, bringing his brooding, dank-heavy brand of nightmare drum'n'bass to such labels as Prototype and Metalheadz. First introduced to jungle through late-period hardcore (tracks such as 2 Bad Mice's "Bombscare" and Doc Scott's "Here Come the Drums"), Rush began producing after hooking Nico (a for-hire producer who lived on Rush's block) on the sound. The pair released a few forgettable tracks before buckling down and working on putting together a new sound. Nico formed No U-Turn in 1993 as a vehicle for that sound, and the pair's first proper Ed Rush 12", "Bloodclot Artattack," was released that same year.

Although he'd already been making tracks for a couple years, Rush's reputation began to grow in the wake of the 1996 backlash against the smooth, rolling atmospherics of ambient and heavily jazz-oriented jungle (Bukem, Alex Reece, Wax Doctor, PFM, etc.). With several tracks on the genre-coining compilation Techsteppin' (released by Emotif), and with darkness once again coming to the forefront among the DJs, Rush tracks such as "Guncheck," "Bloodclot Artattack," "Subway" (recorded with Dom of Dom & Roland), and "Check Me Out" began showing up in more and more (and more and more influential) DJ sets. Releases on Speed/Blue Note DJ Grooverider's Prototype label ("Kilimanjaro"), as well as 12"s for Metalheadz ("Skylab") and Nico's No U-Turn offshoot, Nu Black ("Mad Different Methods," "Amtrak") further cemented Rush's rep at the forefront of a new style. Although he remains a free agent, demand for Rush tracks (as well as remixes) means he's been playing the field, releasing increasing quantities of material on a number of labels, both large and small. And while the over-the-top rumble of darkside techstep is bound to wane in popularity, Rush's most recent work has proven he's not reliant on the novelty of that sound. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix) (Single)

1. Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix)

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Track List: Pacman (Single)

5. Pacman

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Track List: Travel The Galaxy

2. Temper

3. Padded Cells

4. Magical Thinking

5. Chubrub

6. Snaggletooth

7. Move It

8. G-Force Jesus

9. The Kindred

10. Titanium

11. Space Monkey

12. Schrander's Dice

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ltomlin31
I cry
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Thank you good morning to you also rrrrrrrrrrrr r
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Always been one of my favorite artists! I've seen em live more times than I can remember, and have never been disappointed ! I've bee listen to Ed rush for at least a decade and a half and still can't get enough! Good werk sir's!
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Grimier beats year after year!!!#head b o b b i n g
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This is how its done!
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Been listening to Ed Rush & Optical for many years. Always sick...
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danielblopez 1 3 5
my favorite is Kerbkrawler (Baron remix)
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danielblopez 1 3 5
Why no bio?
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@Maurice Raul Green, Alien Girl is on Pandora. The artist, Fierce helped create that song.
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These guys were my introduction to D 'n B.
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Well it seems Pandora's Ed Rush and Optical is lacking, so for those who aren't familiar with them my personal favorites are the Wormhole album and the singles Alien Girl, Lifespan, and Crisis.
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Going to see these guys tonight!
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Classic Ed rush & Optical makes me bounce
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Front! Clache' duv johrten-prin c e clendall the rabbit.
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holy jezus thats bad a**...
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This is some nasty tracks!!
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This album is amazing. Better than Wormhole, even.
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this is like a BJ for my ears
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I will always remember Andy C laying this track down at the DC Armory - Classic!
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They should have some of the older albums. WTF?
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poo note!
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the best ever
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classic...
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ill

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