1990 should have been the year when Mancunian rap crew Ruthless Rap Assassins became a household name. Their debut, 'Killer Album', received praise from all quarters and was hailed by many as the future of British rap, but this deserved acclaim didn't register in high record sales.

Now they're back with 'Justice (Just Us)', a track lifted off 'Killer Album' and given the remix treatment by De La Soul's Mace. With its Funkadelic guitar riff, hard-hitting lyrics and new, improved dance appeal, it's sure to prick up the ears of many a clubber, dragging them screaming onto the dancefloor by virtue of its compelling, sinister groove.

The Ruthless posse are currently taking their hard and direct show on the road and are half-way through their month-long 'Just Tour 1991'. You can catch them live at Northampton Roadmenders March 16, Birmingham University 19, Poly of Wales 20, London Subterania 21, Aldershot Buzz Club 22, Shrewsbury Fridge 23, Sheffield Leadmill 26 and Manchester International 29.

Chris Sharatt