Without being harsh, the world of UK funky isn't known for its complex aural palette or innovative approach to track composition. That's not to say that there aren't people pushing the boundaries - see the Local Action label for proof - but too often releases fall into the "tried and tested" category. This EP from Simon Off bucks that trend by offering three differing cuts that owe just as much to classic Detroit techno or IDM as UKG. All three tracks bristle with futuristic intent, gazing skywards whilst retaining enough bottom end bounce to keep dancefloors happy. Of the three tracks, it's lead cut "Planetary Communications" that most impresses, if only for its sly wink to classic Global Communications productions. Highly recommended.