Brazilian super-duo Level 2 and The Chap collide once again with two more disarming damagers: "Aftermath" pumps with a soft-but-insistent two-step and lavish filtered chords wheezing and teasing around a faraway vocal sample. "Oxygen", meanwhile, rolls with more of a timeless edge. Referencing all the classic V hallmarks - jazzy tones, subtle-but-scratchy bass and a heads-down funk feeling and well positioned vocal samples. Avuncular funk.
Like Power Rangers, when Level 2 and DJ Chap combine to create their Alibi super-project there isn't a crime that can't be solved in a 1000 mile radius. Superlative and strictly designed for the dance, there's a reason Bryan Gee is so evangelistic about them as the Brazilians lay down four twisted tales that include dirge-like halftime swamp sounds ("The Hornet"), bright and breezy vocal rollers ("Fire") and all-out bass discharge ("Hideaway"). The hype is real.
Level 2 and DJ Chap continue to demolish the dance with their currently-spotless Alibi project; "Trunk" is a conga-weaving roller with all the hallmark ingredients of a timeless classic heads-down roller; tight percussion, creeping basses and subtle bars from Coppa, everything about it is deep, dark and dangerous. "No Escape", featuring fellow Sao Paulo artist Nitri, is more of a late night fast lane stepper. Laced with techy textures but driven by a precision groove break and heaps of space, it's a smack back to the darker sounds of the early 2000s before everything went hyper. Extremely well played.
Brazil's reputation for forward-thinking drum & bass has developed ever since Bryan Gee imported Marky and Patife almost 20 years ago. Now serving up its third generation of talent, Hospital's close ties with the country garner some of the best dancefloor tracks Brazil has given us to date: Highlights include Urbandawn showing off a much more dramatic string to his bow on "Messiah Complex", S.P.Y continuing to strip things back to bare-bone basics on the super-dark "Hidden Fire" and Nitri subverting jump-up with a classic nod to the squelchy signature set by Moving Fusion all those years ago. And that's only half the EP. File under essential.
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