Designed by Fluid – Bentley Rhythm Ace
This week, I’ve procured a record of some significance from the Fluid archives. Apart from being the year of the bitten ear (Mike Tyson), Princess Diana’s tragic death and Woolworths closing its remaining stores in the UK, 1997 was the year of Birmingham’s very own ‘Bentley Rhythm Ace‘.
Their self-titled, debut 2-disc vinyl album (see below) was the foundation of a push into the epicentre of mid/late 90’s ‘Big Beat’. Their top two tracks, “Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out” and “Run On The Spot” elevated them to a new echelon of stardom, amongst the likes of Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and The Chemical Brothers.
Ruthlessly similar to ‘Acid House’, ‘Big Beat’ used heavy synthesizer-generated beats and rhythm patterns with harsh breakbeats. Listening to the start of “Run On The Spot” transports you into what sounds like a school P.E/Gym class; quickly developing into a succession of trippy beats and reverberating tones.
After the release of the album, Bentley Rhythm Ace went on to have “Run On The Spot” feature in the 1999 film “Inspector Gadget“, whilst “Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out” can be heard in “The Real Hustle” TV show (2009), “Rude Tube” (2009) and “Waterloo Road” (2013).