Fresh from his rampant jungle and breakneck breakbeat excursions, LA vibe infuser 6Blocc takes respite in his dungeon for a series of deeper dub jams. Ranging from the super-minimal, slimy-walled sludge of "Dark Side" to the ricochet-rhythm and MC-peppered dynamics of "Illusion" via the steppier militancy and spoken word weirdness of "Wake Up Call" and the pure titanium rhythm of "Break & Eliminate", it's 6Blocc at his deepest and darkest. And yet more evidence of his versatility.
Gravure/Continuum (Fis Hayfield To New Mills version) - (5:21) 134 BPM
Gravure/Continuum (Regis Whip Hand mix) - (6:11) 125 BPM
This 12" sees the welcome vinyl edition of remixes of Akkord's "Gravure/Continuum" from Fis and Regis which originally appeared on a CD issued through Fabric's Houndstooth label earlier this year. With the Mancunian duo possessing such a clinical take on rhythmic construction; it's always interesting to see how artists commissioned to remix Akkord choose to approach the task. Sometime Tri Angle artist Fis is on impeccable form twisting the track into paganistic string-laden ambience on his self-styled 'Hayfield To New Mills' version which brings to mind "Hashshashin Chant" era Demdike Stare. Downwards boss Regis goes for gravelly broken techno on his 'Whip Hand' mix though he channels similar levels of spectral foreboding to Fis in the underlying human groans set deep in the mix.
London G Anton returns to Plastician's Terrorhythm imprint with four synth-snapping jams that poke, provoke and prod the broad underbelly of futuristic bass music. No matter how dark or light, though, every track boasts smooth, well-polished veneer; the carnival of bleeps that is "Swaggy" (think Doshy or the current output on Shadow's Liquid Amber), the smooth talking chips-down emo soundtrack of "Blue Bubbles", the moody piano-stroking blues and gnarly bass development of "Murder" and the loopy, siren-zapped slo-mo footwork flavour of "Ferris Bueller". No days off for Anton for the foreseeable.