After launching themselves with an excellent EP of slow grooves on Perspective back in 2010, Bristol cellar dwellers Behling & Simpson have proved to be one of the bass-obsessed city's more interesting house exports. After impressing on Futureboogie, Apple Pips and 2020 Midnight Visions, here they pop up on Outernational with their most left-of-centre EP yet. "The Vaults" sets the tone, building carefully towards a frenetic climax thanks to loose, jazz-flecked, Afro-tinged rhythms, a pulsing bassline and all manner of spiritual synth licks. "Slates" sees them move further towards intense, Afro-house territory - whilst retaining their trademark woozy synths, of course - while "Vitamin A" bobs and weaves impressively, all nagging acid tweaks and swinging, low-slung beats.
The afro-tinged rhythms of Futureboogie regulars Behling & Simpson's recent Outernational release get the remix treatment on this fine two-tracker. First up, Belfast's Ejeca continues his meteoric rise through the upper echelons of contemporary house with a radical reconstruction of "The Vaults", transforming its dubby, mid-tempo grooves into a peak time thumper that inspires visions of a crowded, sweaty basement. Last Mood's version of "Slate" is a similarly drastic transformation, taking only the merest hint of vocals and transplanting them from the wonky acid of the original into a peak-time Chicago-inspired piece of throbbing, jacking.house.