Addison Groove's explorations into dubstep under the Headhunter moniker have inherently informed his sound to date and his more recent experimentations into the now fairly ubiquitous (thanks to Planet Mu) sounds of Chicago juke's latest permutation footwork in tracks like "Foot Crab" or "Work It" have really made ears prick up. Here, he returns to Pinch's Tectonic imprint and builds on his reputation, dicing up vocals Jamie Oliver style, bouncing synths off them, reinforcing it all with 808 bass and dizzying bleeps and clicks. "Make Um Bounce" blends bongo drums with ticking hi-hats, rippling rhythmic patterns and an intoxicated repetitive soundscape that sucks you in for the duration. Intense stuff here.
Bristol's DJ Die has gone one better than signing Addison Groove to his Gutterfunk imprint, he's only gone and collaborated with him on both tracks here as well! The footwork-influenced side project of Headhunter, Addison Groove assumes charge of "Keyhole" - a stripped back excursion into sultry voodoo beats. Meanwhile on "Hydropump", DJ Die takes the lead steering this ship into breaky hip-house waters in the process.
Bringing a measured kind of juke menace to the 50 Weapons camp, regular attraction Addison Groove this time links up with fellow Bristol bass maven Sam Binga for some short and snappy cuts that explore diverse corners of electronica while all riding that hyped-up tempo. "Rzor" keeps things strictly rhythmic with its rush of 808 beats moving through pitch tweaks and rubbing up against found sound percussion. "Thr3id" gets twisted up in melodic stabs and the kind of gnarly acid spits you might find on Drukqs-era Aphex, bouncing off steady central motifs in order to fire off as many drum machine samples as possible in a three minute time frame. "11th" is even further into deploying intricate melodic darts that zip through the rapid fire beats, delicate chimes offset by dreamy synths and stuttering samples. "Ol Man EK" whips all these feelings up into a perfect summation track, capturing the bittersweet-ness of early jungle and vintage deep house in amongst a positively futuristic flurry of percussion.
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