Relative newcomer Craft steps forth with this first full-flavoured EP for Mindstep... And it's rich in diversity. The second "Funk 140" opens, you know you're in for a treat; all slap bass and salubrious Detroit synths, it's an instant floor elixir. "You Called" follows. Edging down the funk just a smidgeon, the dense polyrhythmic beats are peppered with shards of tight jazz and lush woozy pads. Elsewhere the title track taps into a more classic dubstep tradition, thanks to its gritty bass textures, but the rest of the elements are unique; floaty trumpets, Swindle-style keys and twisted sample-play ensure its distinction. "Bad Boys" continues the dream theme with more key sprinkles laid gracefully over a sturdy, steppy drum pattern. "Phonic" brings us to an emotional climax with a tear-jerking D&B halftime cut that balances bubbly bass and more minor-key, jazz-minded flurries. Immaculate.
Rough and ready old school techno jams on offer here from Rene Pawlovitz aka Shed/Head High on The Final Experiment. Straight out of the galaxy called 'Hardwax Berlin', all these tracks are under different aliases of Pawlovitz. Craft's - "T/FD/WI/E" is reminiscent of Waveform Transmissions era Jeff Mills in all its dry and rusty aesthetic, Operation Amplified's "#32500432" takes a nod to Regis' early experiments on Downwards; in all their grinding and cyclical glory. There's really no comparisons at all: this is Pawlovitz through and through under the alias Seelow - "Wave#16" and this nostalgic warehouse rave anthem has bombastic breaks and cavernous chords throughout.