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.
Hot on the heels of his "Fever" EP, Westy returns to Asbo with another exciting blend of timeless drum & bass. Fusing classic jungle foundations with elements of jump-up (without going too over the top), he's honed his own sound that will work with all styles of D&B DJ: "Jungle Law" tickles with breezy pads and a bassline that punches without ever getting too cocky. "Lion", meanwhile, takes us even deeper into the rave with bulbous basslines and amens that rattle so hard they're dizzying. "Faithful" is the heaviest cut of the collection; once again we lift off with classic rave synths and a big diva vocal before hurling us into the chaos with a furious contemporary bassline. Westy's cooking up some great noises right now... Definitely one to watch for 2016.
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