Newcomer Cloak brings everything you love about the manic freneticism of rave and all its sub-genres in a neat and tidy 170bpm package. Ramping up the bass pressure in each track, it's tunes like "Killer" that really show the heart of jungle, rave and even breakcore futurism. The past always reinvents itself as new trends - just look at the cycles drum and bass has been through, and this release, for the aforementioned genres, is a case in point.
The name says West, the location says East; Cromer-based junglist Westy is a complex man with a sound that matches. "Borrow Dubplate" (oxymoron alert - no one lends dubplates. Even by today's loose standards) is a skank-bashed, horn-heavy viber while "Can't Test" flips to show its ruffled underbelly with Original Sin-style bass grit. The synth-soaked "Fever", meanwhile, takes us back to the early 90s and the Good Looking sound while "Gone Forever" is timeless V-style roller where the sub does all the chatting amid the synths and soaring vocals. Dynamically powerful and sonically broad, Westy's just delivered something really special here.