Nasty, low down, tech steppin' drum and bass courtesy of DJ Trace's seminal London imprint DSCI4. Toronto's Gremlinz teams up with fellow homeboy Adrian Go on the dark sci-fi nightmare that is "Rice Bowl" which truly plunders the depths of hell; this one's intense and calls to mind the classic sound of Ed Rush & Optical and Trace himself. The UK's Quartz steps up to the plate also with "Tachyon" featuring Nanobyte. A satanic exploration in breakbeat science reminiscent of late 90s experiments by Boymerang.
With previous on the likes of Uprise, Kokeshi and Innamind, Nanobyte's hook-up with FKOF is a very natural progression. Across the four tracks the Welsh duo showcase the true breadth of their creativity with vibes for headphones and heady floors alike. "Susurrus" isn't just a brilliant word; it's also a captivating production that shimmers with emotive melody and touching nuances. "Dirt Smuggler", meanwhile, is much darker and floor-focussed but comes with a breath-taking breakdown to ensure complete balance. "Want For Nothing" reveals the duo's penchant for future garage thanks to its unrelenting two-step and vast, oceanic pads. "Swoop" continues the steppy riddim; skipping towards the light thanks to its spiralling arpeggio and ever-developing elements, there's a wholesome, euphoric dynamic at play throughout. Stunning.
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