Getting early support from Deadboy, Laurent Garnier and Mary Anne Hobbs, this new release celebrates five years of the Blah Blah Blah label in style. On "Hoop Dreams", Blacksmif forges a mix of rushing arpeggios and tranquil, enveloping pads which fit a crisp 2-step beat like a glove. "Microweight" is every bit as mighty, thanks to some rising, brass-like wonky synths and a mix of straight-up house beats and funky-patterned natural percussion sounds.
With the sublime summer hit "Hoop Dreams" still ringing in our ears, Blacksmif returns for his second outing on the BlahBlahBlah label. Opting not to tinker with the lush post-garage formula that made his debut such a winner, he presents a similarly urgent take on melodic bass music with "How The Fly Saved The River", as rolling yet distant UKF inspired snares tumble over a collage of fractured vocals and hazy stabs, while "Kangs Odyssey" takes a slightly more laid back approach with its jazzy arrangement that recalls a slightly more focused James Blake. Remix duties for the title track fall to Dummy Records and left_blank artist Lorca, who transform it into a piece of dubbed out yet melodic house music which should go down a storm on the dancefloor, making the insistent bass stand out even more against its spacious backdrop. Fans of Jacques Greene should check this!
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