Is it us or are Bacon getting tastier and tastier with every release? The same can be said for emerging Croatian producer 207, too; with previous on Badmood and Indigo, here we find him stepping up to Sparxy's porky imprint with a series of unrelentingly heavy slabs of contemporary dubstep. The title track is total naked menace as snake-like kickdrums rattle and his under a series of deep breath textures. Elsewhere "Acylon" flips to a steppy and ghostly 90BPM vibe, "Active" goes straight for the jugular with crisp punctuated kick militancy and Ohmtrix takes his Zeiph status to new levels with total remix subversion. Sinfully good.
What Who What The Bazooka Was Who - (5:26) 134 BPM
Theta Wave Brain Sync - (4:54) 111 BPM
New Morning - (4:32) 95 BPM
O4U - (3:48) 79 BPM
A Healthy Turnaround - (6:49) 60 BPM
Monseq - (8:21) 115 BPM
Magnetism Is More Intelligent Than Force - (7:11) 120 BPM
As Afrikan Sciences, Eric Porter has been pushing his own brand of freeform sonic experimentation incorporating elements and ideas from soul, jazz, broken beat and house in an abstracted manner that veers far off-grid. Far from prolific, Porter's project does share a close bond with the Deepblak label run by Aybee, who have issued all Afrikan Sciences material to date. With whispers of Afrikan Sciences material surfacing on PAN, Porter graces Deep Blak with a wonderfully unique second album entitled Theta Wave Brain Sync. Manipulating rhythm in a manner that's already quite hypnotic and meditative, the 11 tracks live up to Deepblak's billing that it will "let you go as deep, and far as you desire" and then some!
On The Edge, Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey - (5:06) 97 BPM
Deer Drink From The River - (4:05) 91 BPM
Imagine Them - (5:25) 104 BPM
Dialectic A - (2:04) 162 BPM
Dialectic B - (2:37) 140 BPM
There has been a great run of new talent popping up on R&S lately, with Shanghai Den being a notable example, and now Alma Construct debuts here to drop a selection of lo-fi studies peppered with influences from techno to hip hop. There are some distinctive forces at work behind these tunes, not least on the decidedly unhinged and magnificently realised "Deer Drink From The River", while "Imagine Them" comes on strong with a snappy bounce that wouldn't sound out of place on Music Has The Right To Children, albeit expressed with less sleepy synth tones. It's a sterling effort that leaves one wondering what's around the corner for this hitherto unknown beatsmith.