The Deep Heads label and London's Ash Walker have become synonymous with deep, mindful bass music that constantly pushes the boundaries of the genre. Having said that, this new EP feels even more singular than usual, and we can really hear Walker trying his best to merge a wide spectrum of styles, influences and sounds together into two tracks. The fact of the matter is that it works. "Dark Hour" is largely genreless and, if this was 1997, the tune would almost certainly be classified as 'balearic' due to its cool, moody lounge vibe, and break-driven mid-tempo beats - a real beauty. "Glacier" is similarly laid-back, but things are more jazzy here, and there is a deeper, less party-ready atmosphere that pushes Ash Walker way beyond the dance floor. Warmly recommended.
HRMX's output has come mainly via the After Hour Audio crew, but these two new bass jugglers appear courtesy of the fledgling yet firmly on-point Sure Slate label. In fact, "Ieda" is one of our favourite bass nuggets this week; apart from the warm, placid harmonics cycling the groove, we love HRMX's use of the jungle breaks here because it reminds us of the early 00's broken beat scene in all its glory - jazzy, teched-up vibes that cut straight to the core. "Simplo" is a different sort of beast, but the artist's clever use of breaks is still very much part of the tune, and what we have is a glorious, dubwise stepper with plenty of tribalistic charm. TIP!
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