Following two killer releases from label boss Amit and Nomine's "Empty Rooms", Amar wraps up its busiest (and best) year to date with two contrasting slices of modern day jungle... And introduces brand new talent in the process: Canadian newcomer AU. "Fear Dem" is a moody halfstep slapper drenched in Collinjah's soundclash-primed dancehall vocal while "Oncle Arm" is a jugular-cutting slab of classic jungle complete with Headz-style textures, growling bass and eerie samples. A very strong debut.
The one and only Gremlinz returns to Amit's Amar under his AU guise and he's packing three more stark bone-tremblers. "Io" (with Jesta) slams with balls-out drums and an iced vibe so cold you could swear you've been locked in a chiller cabinet for the last five years. "Sunshot" takes us to even moodier pastures as AU and Untouchables swathe through the murky halftime swamp with toxic abandon. Finally "Dalphago" (with fellow Torontarian Champion Handsome) is a spacious alien stepper with a two-step so chiselled you'd swear Photek's been battering you in your sleep. Who knows... Maybe he has?