It's been a while since Anex last graced our ears, but, you've guessed it... The wait is worth it! Three cuts here, and each one shimmers with the creativity and knack for grooves as he's shown on past releases. "Phobic" is your classic halfstep croaker until a lush series of garage style chords soften the edge on the breakdown. "Shine", meanwhile, is a breakbeat roll-out that splashes and crashes with some fantastic organic percussion action and subdued, minor-key groove. "Bella" is the deepest cherry on the cake; with a soft two-step that's so mellow it almost falls over itself, there's a serenity to this that will cross many generic boundaries.
Nottingham's finest returns with four more heartfelt heavers. "Heartbeat" lollops and sways on a cool lazy beat, jazzy key flourishes and glistening guitar twangs, while "Mal" takes us deeper into the darker dance with eerie pad wails and off-beat bass croaks. "Breather" is the lullaby of the set thanks to its pristine arpeggio and overall coating of dreamy haziness, and "Raise" completes the set with a nagging, heads-down groove that nods with aspects of techno but sways with subverted garage motifs. For good measure Mindstep have also recruited Trashbat on the remix flex who takes "Mal" into the trippier pastures of deep space by way of jazzy off-beat melodies. Heart-stopping stuff.