Frank de Groodt’s recent Sonar Base reissue led my thoughts to the output of Random XS, one of the projects he has been associated with. When I retrieved “Give Your Body” from my collection, to my surprise I noticed that the three-tracker is primarily written by Sander Friedeman under the Zero Zone alias and it turned out that de Groodt was involved in the project at a later stage. It doesn’t change anything in the notion that Random XS’s debut and the title track are undisputed classics. Stunning S/M session “Give Your Body” is one of the most memorable pieces ever released on Djax-Up-Beats, an acid anthem with pulsating beat and hypnotic vocals spanning nearly 13 minutes.
Lesser known, but equally brilliant is the B-side where “Random XS v3.7” is a stripped to a drum machine orgy for ghetto blasters and at the mid-track reveals mighty techno grooves in Kevin Saunderson style. From the onset, live recording of “CEM Jam”, co-written by Arno Peeters, sounds as reduced and then turns to a sizzling acid workout.