Rewind to 2000: Tim Eliot delivers his third album In A Far Future and he wasn't being sassy with the title. Still sounding experimental, innovative and ahead of the curve today, every track still has complete resonance with what's happening to this day. "Circular Moduls" jitters spasmodically like a Phizzy B-side, "Macromechanism" foretold the bleak terrain that Shackelton would conquer years later while "Acid Generator" would still smash either tech or jump-up floors such its absurdity and funk. Almost 18 years later, and reissued just weeks ahead of his forthcoming album on Invisible, this still sounds future as hell.
One of the US's finest D&B-minded MCs, NYC's T.R.A.C is a genuinely unique mic-man. Armed with the perfect balance of a rap style and a junglist flow, he understands the craft and has smashed it over the years with most of V's talented roster. Now comes his debut album and it's a work of art. Featuring the likes of Calibre, Submorphics, Lenzman, Random Movement, Serum and even CoOp dons Mark Mac and Daz-I-Cue, it's back to back vibes with an energy and spread as hyped as its rollcall. Highlights include the jazzy hip-hop bruk of "The Avenue", the Detroitian light-footed jazz-steps "Late Night Connection" and the smoked-out brushed drum breaks and lonely pianos and sudden soulful flashes of "The Making Of" but that's really the tip of the iceberg - this is a massive project.