Canadian minimalist Gremlinz returns to Paradox with two leaner, meaner stepping machines. Teaming up with Jesta for "The Axe", it's an all-out drum frenzy as a classic step break is peppered with thundering hang drum insistency and chilling pads. "White Dove", meanwhile, takes us back to the source with a wonderfully Headzy detuned synth refrain buried deep beneath a more rolling drum arrangement. Impressive.
Drumfunk doyen, break dismantler, all-round jungle legend, not a month goes by without Dev Paradox hitting us with another break. Literally in this case; the tuned snare rolls and rifle kicks are all built up around a vocal sample explaining exactly what he does on a monthly basis. "Kickdat" takes us deeper down the break rabbit hole with a slower investigation of mid to late 80s hip-hop. As always with Paradox, this is nothing short of essential.
Timeless drum and bass is what Paradox Music is all about and Paradox returns to the scene in his own renegade b-boy style with "Rockdown". Bringing back that old school taste for low and mean bass paired with necksnapping breaks and chopped hip-hop, there's a lot to take in here. How can the past still sound this good? "Divination" takes more inspiration from the present day despite those Paradox give-away beats, opting for deep, dangerous bass and minimal stylings culminating in a dark and deadly masterclass in underground drum and bass.
A tried and tested threesome formation; Seba and Paradox have worked with vocalist Robert Manos several times over the last 10 years... And the three-way partnership is still as strong as ever with both cuts right here; "Because" is bulbous ball of rolling soul, drenched in aquatic pads and Manos's faraway yearns. "Lie To Me" is a lighter, twinkling piece of work. Reminiscent of Commix's earlier work, it could have easily been released at any point in the last 20 years... And sound relevant and razor sharp on every occasion.
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