Originally established in 1996 as an offshoot of the now defunct Trouble on Vinyl music group, London based independent Renegade Hardware would go on to publish some of the Drum & Bass genres most iconic records.
The lead proponent of the dark Techno influenced sounds that dominated the D&B landscape leading up to the turn of the last millennium, Hardware would release a countless number of rave anthems and seminal plates throughout the years from noteworthy beatsmiths Loxy, Ink, Future Forces, Dom & Roland, Konflict, Usual Suspects, Future Cut, Universal Project, Spor, Teebee, Gremlinz, Friction, and Chase & Status.
With the announcement that 2017 would be Renegade Hardware‘s last year in operation, rumors instantly flooded the internet speculating how exactly the storied imprint would formally signal its departure from the record cutting game. With the release of a gargantuan 106 track compilation album fittingly titled Renegade Hardware Presents: The Final Chapter, the speculation can effectively be put to rest.
Featuring a boat load of newly released material from both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the esteemed label — as well as a selection of Hardware‘s most enduring anthems from its prolific catalog, The Final Chapter is as grandiose an exit as the Drum & Bass scene has ever witnessed. Bass heavy abomination “Let It War” from Ukranian brother production duo Agressor Bunx is one of our personal favourite tunes from the Hardware finale — a hard-hitting audio assault indicative of the Renegade Hardware sound, and exemplary of the lasting influence it has made on the new school.
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– Joe Crilla