Continuing our festive look at the most impactful intros in dance music history, we follow on from a seminal house cut (Royal House – Can You Party) with one of the most mind-altering techno tracks of the past 20 years.

Having found fame alongside bandmates Gez Varley and Martin Williams, with tracks including Tricky Disco and the seminal LFO, bleep techno pioneer Mark Bell (RIP) turned his LFO project into a solo affair in the mid 90s, releasing the album Sheath in 2003, on Warp Records.

The first single from the album was the simply phenomenal Freak – an audio assault that boasted one of the maddest, most frenetic breakdowns in dance music history. It was also backed by a suitably abstract music video (the B-side, Butterslut, is also well worth a listen).

The first time I heard this track was in DC10 in Ibiza the morning after the night before, with precisely zero hours of sleep and zero f**ks given. Let’s just say it left a mark.

To this day, the opening refrain ‘This… is going to make you freak’ gives me the heebie jeebies… in a good way.

12 TUNES OF CHRISTMAS: The Story So Far

#12: Royal House – Can You Party
#11: LFO – Freak
#10: ???

[Kudos to guitarheromaster3000 for the YouTube upload]

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