Turkish producer Gantz has been steadily earning his stripes on Black Box and Innamind, but now he makes a return to Deep Medi Musik with one of his most daring offerings to date. "Pseudooo" heads straight out into the kind of uncharted territory you might expect to find Ras G and Afrikan Sciences chilling in, without sounding quite like either of those artists. The title track meanwhile heads into a more low slung hip hop refrain that bleeds wonderfully around the edges, while Rider Shafique lends his dextrous flows to "Rockstar" with sizzling results. "Supreme A" rounds the EP off with a more introspective mood built around delicate string hits looping with erratic abandon.
Sometimes the title says everything you need without evening listening. Especially if you're already aware of the heavyweight work Matrix has done previously. "Big Guns" shoots with just as much deadly precision as you'd want it to. There's more in the chamber, too... "Cotton Mill" is a scratchy, shuffling roller galvanised with a hypnotic ricochet effect on the percussion, "Ego Death" is a tribal-minded 4/4 stomper with great use of a spoken word sample and a firing flex into half-time while "Roll" is the biggest bang of the shoot-out thanks to its elephantine steppy riddim and sheet-metal FX. Lock and load, fire on sight... Each one of these cuts will shred a floor in seconds.
It's been a while since RS1 lay down any of their ice cold sermons, but the wait has been worth it. Teaming up with fellow NZ comrade Lefty, each of these cuts sound like they've been conjured in an old decrepit cathedral as strange shadows, reflections and echoes ooze with haunting promise. "Gravity" pins you down with squid-like sub that squeezes and slithers uncontrollably. "Her" takes us down a deeper route with wafting half-beats and pads that blast hurricane emotions. Finally "Lisa" taps into the two-step psyche with more ethereal airs and graces. Three wholly distinctive cuts for three different chapters of the night. Lefty is alrighty.
After putting out release for Macabre Unit, Imperial Audio and Phantom Hertz Recordings, Feonix debuts in full on Uprise Audio with a debut, self-titled album. Littered with collaborations, the album is a dark affair with light added by the voices of Simetra and Kaya, while Na Kika's contribution to "Central" keeps the mood hallowed. For a chunk of empty space punctuated by bass stabs, tribal drums and haunting chimes check out "Source", while "All I Ask" has the clunk of Scuba's "Latch" paired with detuned vocals that bring to mind FKA Twigs. And for no nonsense dubby dubstep it's all about "West".
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