Dublin mandem Detboi returns to Headz exactly a year since his last release on the label (and last release full stop) with another tempo-flexing ride into the deepest corners of jungle past, present and future. While the last EP settled around the 130 mark, this one sees him taking the plunge into the 170 zone with mind-melting results as both "Secret Venom" and "Claws" lick, switch and shatter as if he'd been making it for 20+ years. Those keen on his more traditional vibes will be all over the equally gnarly, unpredictable, often-unnerving "Skin Deep", "Raw" and "Fragile". Icy, moody and twisted beyond any shapes known to mankind, no one is doing it quite like Detboi right now...
Dos McGouran also goes by the name of Detboi, an alias he uses when he's in the mood to make dark, grimey street music with a hardcore edge. His latest curveball is shaped into a four-tracker for the singular Keysound label, home to a wide selection of underground bass music including some of Beneath's first productions, and Blackdown among others. "Scatter" cuts straight to the chase with its breaks, huge bursts of mutant bass and stop-start groove; "Guve Love" is deeper and slower but nonetheless grizzly in its sonic selection; "Shots" goes for a tribal approach and successfully blends an old-school subbass with more minimal melodies; "Pin Point" ties things off with another twist of neo hardcore, brimming with breaks and charisma.
Metalheadz apply the breaks as longstanding bass-smith Detboi delivers four gnarly 130 steppers that carry all the chilling, iced-out futurist signatures of Metalheadz but done within a slower, more spaced out context. From the haunted thoughts of Goldie whispering through the dense fogs of "Joyride" to the paranoia-twanging bass rises on "All I Need" and the stop-start stutters of "Get On Up" this is a remarkable EP that compounds the rumours that breaks really are coming back... And this time they're serious. Exceptional.
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