The singular sounds of Jim Coles make their mark on Library Music as he drops his more typical tempo of around 85 to 70BPM with these cosmic futuristic bass jams. Pensive, slow-burning, laced with otherworldly textures and laden with chasmic dubspace: "Fire Exit" insists with a hypnotic twisted chime loop and shadowy basses groaning underneath and "Dark Vistas" takes us even deeper into the cosmic realms with heady layers of pads and ricochet heartbeat rhythm that envelop your every sense. Remarkable.
West Coast dubstep engineer Oxossi makes his way back to Crucial Recordings with this mighty four-tracker spanning just about every single personality within the enlarged 'bass' domain - in here, you'll find everything from wavy post-grime to oddball drum-machine experiments, such as the opening "Escher" - an infinite loop of insanity. "&" slithers its mystical drum patters in a firmly off-kilter kind of movement, while "Fall Of Mevia" is probably the freshest grime reinterpretation we've heard since the start of the year (that bass is naughty), and "Nightmares" ties the whole thing off with goulish injections of low frequencies in supremely wayward fashion.
First spotted on Fent Plates on their Beyond The Confines album in 2016, London-based soundscaper Vacant delivers his first full EP... And it's his most widescreen vision to date. Foggy, barbed, shrouded in mystery, across the five tracks we're treated a dense weave of energies and sensations ranging from the driving, hopeful two-step sojourn "Left Behind" to the pensive beatless "Farewell" by way of the startling, evocative title track and the dirge bass fuzz of "Deep Down". Referencing Hyperdub foundations while building entire sleepless cities of his own, Vacant belies every connotation of his artist name. Essential for heads and headphones.
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