If in emergency, "Break Glass". Even if you're not in an emergency, break it anyway... Mark System has turned in yet another clutch of unparalleled modern-but-rooted drum & bass constructions and emergencies are kicking off left right and centre. The title track fuses many ideas from halftime to techstep in such a liquid-yet-dramatic way, it's followed by the deeply paranoid riff-laced creeper "600k", the alien mutoid bass weird-funk of "Obnox" and the insistent synth-stabbed techno-minded "Dissolve" before "That Freestyle" brings home the techstep bacon with strong notes of alien jazz. Genuinely one of a kind; System we salute you.
Three years on from his first Talamanca System collaboration with Tuff City Kids duo Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer, Mark Barrott gets the gang back together for an album of typically loved-up excursions. International Feel's eccentric press release describes it as "a sunburned imagination of a day and night spent on Ibiza during a moment in time that probably never was". Given the album's repeated nods to baggy, piano-laden Italian house, the saucer-eyed, sunrise-friendly brilliance of 808 State's "Pacific State", sun-kissed post Italo-disco chuggers, percussion-laden tropical workouts and head-in-the-clouds ambience, it's actually rather an apt description. It's shamelessly Balearic from start to finish, but pulls it off with an authenticity that others could only dream of.