Good ol' Lynx brings in the funk once again in his cracking Chess Funk EP. The title track - as featured on Marky's fabriclive mix - is a warm, atmospheric slice of cool-as-a-cucumber D&B, marking the fourth release on his very own Detail imprint. Delicate keys and subtle guitar ditties toy with a rolling b-line and light, percussive breaks. Next up, "The Foundry" continues the journey with shimmying SFX, rippling b-line, Metalheadz style instrumental synth lines and delicate textures - one for the bass heads. "Nautical Coma" is a more contemplative cut with a touch of Rockwell and leads into grand finale, "For The Rebels", which strips things back even more with creeping harp strings and a discernable Soul:r flavour. Truly sublime.
Spectre (feat Simon Wiggins - version 2) - (6:07) 173 BPM
Detail owner Lynx has been on fire of late, with cuts like "Chess Funk" really cutting the mustard. Here he steps up with a brand new six track EP, featuring title track "Dirty Red" (+ dubstep refix), soulful roller "5am Soul City" featuring Spikey Tee, the ominous "You Are Being Lied To" featuring long term collaboration MC Kemo and two versions of "Spectre". A lovely DBridge- sounding intro with glitchy SFX dominates the eponymous track of the EP, before the hazy musings of "5am Soul City" kick in. This is brusquely interrupted by the fast paced, smacking beats and zeitgeist lyrics of Kemo, as featured on Zero T's Fabriclive 52 mix, before we move on to more mellow utterances.
Hot on the heels of his massive release on Playaz last week, Lynx revisits a classic from his 2011 album Devils In The Detail. A sparse dubstep number with a whole heap of space for Footsie and Fats to conjure up strong lyrical illusions, "Revolutions" oozes smoggy sonics and some seriously eerie strings. Looking for a little more uplift? Head for Zero One's twinkling remix of "Locked On The Low" where Naomi Pryor's vocals will sooth out any paranoia Footsie left behind.