There might be the odd couple of year gaps in his discography but damn is Coolhand Flex consistent. It's been this way since 91: the Mac 2 co-founder slipping us raw rolling length with no fanfare or apology. Take this EP. His first on the label since the "Connected" EP four years ago. Fats singing on a particularly blistering title track, darked out Blue Note business on "Come In Selector", evilled out End vibes on "Dark Side" and a whole load more. Gatt fingers at the ready.
Randall's Stepback Sessions have become something of a legend in the D&B scene and it only seems right that we give part five the space it needs. So take a step back, because this little selection will knock you flying. Ricky Force's remix of Manix's "Special Request" weaves and doges around crazed amens and classic samples, stopping all too soon to make way for DJ Vapour's blow-by-blow sub-pressure take on "Lock Up" by Coolhand Flex. Dawn Raid puts a techy spin on Neil Howard's classic "Indulge" without removing any of its original soul and final track "Still Lets Me Down" by Tom & Jerry gets a frankly beautiful reworking by Furney & Madcap. This is a release for the heads, but it's also perfect for the new starters. Get into this and you'll never steer wrong.