First, let's just take a minute to reflect on how cool spider monkeys are. Cluekid's clearly a fan of the monkey world's scattiest critter; he's named an entire track after them. He's even crafted a frenetic percussive rhythm to match their crazed, clambering movements. Tropical and triggered to ensure maximum bounce, it's one of Cluey's most energetic cuts to date. "Rainy Street Light" plays the perfect foil; deep and moody, it's more your classic halfstep but with shades of deep house in the chord structure and shy melodic squiggles. A great way to calm down after an attack of the spider monkeys.
There are some really exciting movements going on around the 150-160 mark right now. And it looks like Las has turned up to the party with a whole keg of creative funk. With polyrhythmic footwork and a thundering heartbeat bass/kick combo, "Zaikedelic" isn't far off the early Moving Shadow releases over 20 years ago while remaining completely fresh at the same time. "Preacher" sees us move back down towards 140 pastures but the funk's still here in abundance; with a wonderfully spliced vocal riff and the perfect amount of hand drum tickles and slurring sub it's another Las-stamped thriller. "Zone Of Bones" completes the set on more of a techno flex where the bass does about 80 per cent of the talking and the beats nod confidently in the background. A deep way to end a very exciting release.
An EP of magnanimous proportions, TMSV unleashes six massive tracks here on Box Clever. Opening with "Crashing", it's business from the off as Beezy's distinctive thoughts and observations pepper a rolling, elephantine rhythm arrangement. The flute-fused "Too Much" boasts an almost bluesy swing to its well-weighted, percussive groove. The title track shows Tomas at his deepest and most haunted, daringly letting the subs provide the entire riff. "Persei" flips the riddim switch with a rich texture of rapid hand drums and bongos while "Explain" tips a nod to the epic synth drama that's unique to dubstep. "Scientific" is the final slice of this eclectic pie, showing TMSV can nail any other genre he likes; a lush slo-mo disco rub, it's sprung with twinkling elements and trippy, outer planetary motifs. Awesome stuff throughout.
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