Flexor Audio typically goes crazy for the d&b beats and, while we've come to think of it as primarily a home to fast jungle breaks, this new EP from newcomer AK:Hash breaks the mould and enters a new territory for them. The opener "Head Rip" is a charismatic, pseudo hip-hop experiment with a distinctively UK flex; don't watch the bassline, though, it'll blow you away before you know it. "Pussy" lays down its stumbling MPC beats over a blockade of mutant bass and distorted sirens, whereas "Slug Life" is the odd one out; a glitchy, minimal pandemic of sounds and beats is carried by a tribal swing, making this our favourite of the lot. Tip!
Spotted weeks ago on Ivy Lab's sophomore 20/20 LDN collection, Icelander Balatron comes correct with his first full EP, this time on Flexout. Hitting on the halftime vibe with a full spectrum of measured, unhurried exercises he's leaving nothing to change: sci-fi paranoia romps ("Onima", "D.Y.E. Pop"), smoky, slinky soul ("Flip Your Hands") springy off-the-wall heaviness ("Flux", "Break") and straight-up off-the-wall 24th century sleaze funk ("Stop Me") all play key roles in this near-immaculate debut EP. Do not sleep on this.