Bunzero teams up with four different artists across the Darabuka EP so be prepared for a bit of an aural surprise in each track. First up it's a collab with Katya Gabeli; mournful, trembling strings introduce the cut, which is characterized by thudding, oppressed drum kicks and quirky SFX. This contrasts nicely with the Mr Jo collaboration "Chapati", an altogether more experimental piece with murmuring atmospherics and Eastern sitars that might have influenced the track title. Bunzero teams up with Kamine for the rolling, chiming title track, before he goes solo for a deep, meditative slice of soulfulness with clicks and bleeps a-plenty in "Liana". Last but not least "Metaphysical" brings the EP to a close.
K-Lone - "Rapid Eye Movement (REM)" - (4:07) 140 BPM
Karma - "Breaking Through" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Tallan - "Tahi" - (5:35) 140 BPM
Djinn - "Something You Know" - (4:46) 143 BPM
Seahorse - "To Be One" - (6:51) 141 BPM
Dubtro - "Dark Humans" - (6:03) 140 BPM
Six & Syte - "Wretch" - (6:33) 140 BPM
Soul Captive - "Survival" - (5:15) 144 BPM
Trashbat - "Your Mind" - (6:31)
DaveHoax - "Moths" - (6:02) 140 BPM
Various - "MindStep Music Presents The Compilation 2012" (continuous DJ mix by Crises) - (31:00) 140 BPM
Mindstep's movements are making deep tremors right now. Their innate understanding of deep dub, its roots and its foundations have just scored them a coalition with Leeds dub heroes SubDub (run by soundsystem killers Iration Steppas no less). Their second annual label album celebrates the this success with a far-reaching brew of spatially stretched, abyss flavoured audio. From the woozy synth wails of Djinn's "Something You Know" to the delicate piano strokes on Tallan's "Tahi" to the more club-focussed bassline drawl of Six & Syte's "Wretch", this represents the label's intricacies and depth with style and promise.