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Ed Rush & Optical


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London, United Kingdom (1998 – present)

Both Ed Rush and Optical are the co-heads of a drum and bass record label called Virus Recordings, based in London, UK.

Both have earned acclaim separately, with Optical engineering tracks on Goldie and Grooverider’s albums and releasing some excellent solo tunes on the likes of Prototype, 31, and Metro. Ed Rush also has countless releases, notably on No U-Turn, where he and Nico first emphasized the dark era of drum and bass with the masterpiece album Torque, and Metalheadz, where he produced such classics as “The Raven” and “Locust”.

Their 1998 debut album Wormhole is considered a widely respected genre classic. Their second album The Creeps (2000) became reknowned as well. Their third album The Original Doctor Shade (2003) still garners massive applause on dancefloors. In 2004 they released a mix CD release Out of The Box, which captured the insides of their vinyl bags in those days and included a DVD with interviews and videos. In 2005 they released Virus Vaults, a compilation of unreleased tracks, capturing years 1996-2005. In year 2006 they finally released a new album, Chameleon. It used a new concept; they wanted to play the new tracks live. Live performance was something completely new to the whole virus crew. They still headline festivals and events playing solitary or together as DJs.

It is commonly said that their best work is done together, although there is a vocal minority of fans who will loudly state that their career took a creative nosedive after Wormhole.


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  • CriticalSwitch

    Agreed, Wormhole era was their best, plus many other tracks they made in the late 90s (like Alien Girl, Crisis, Bacteria). I really miss their old infectious, dark and cold futuristic sound.

    4 Jun 4:33pm Reply
  • comate11

    Forgot mention about - Slip Thru - another amazing banger. When dnb turned into electronic synths - lost energy and atmosphere but these tracks are totally bangers which i listening since 10 years and always bring amazing atmosphere. Especially no1 Fixation then Wormhole and Slip Thru

    29 Apr 11:07pm Reply
  • comate11

    Yo. Why you guys not produce more masteprieces like Wormhole, Fixation (!) and Sick Note. Fixation and Wormhole are masterpieces. These newer tracks with electronic punch kicks sucky but these with all movie sci-fi samples and dark atmosphere and these amazing drums sounds amazingly fit.

    29 Apr 11:05pm Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    Какие речетативы? Что за еболу ты несешь вообще? [2]

    22 Apr 4:36am Reply
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  • Reizikini

    Anyone have the Wormhole album?

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • Considerables

    Mystery Machine is fucking STANDARD

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Johnbrutal138

    Какие речетативы? Что за еболу ты несешь вообще?

    19 Apr 2013 Reply

    весьма неплохая музыка.. но речитативы заставили проблеваться, зачем ж так уродовать все было :-(

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Kym-B

    G-Force Jesus. [4]

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Krach88

    Travel The Galaxy is an insane album.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Naddar

    Chubrub awesome! [11]

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PROnikx

    вместе они сила

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • allsoppy4

    Chubrub awesome! [10]

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Chy6kaTa

    Chubrub awesome! [9]

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Badid55

    G-Force Jesus. [3 ]

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Dirninger

    Chubrub awesome! [8]

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Kym-B

    Sick Note needs more plays.

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Mezori

    Chubrub awesome! [7]

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Hyperthyrax

    Chubrub awesome! [6]

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
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