Blowback is redolent of the period when dub techno was still capable of producing brilliantly deep sounds. Maybe Greek producer Echonomist got stuck in time a decade ago, but whatever the explanation, this release has all the warmth and charm that has evaded the form in recent times. The title track is a dark, rolling affair, powered by a surging bass, but soon it breaks down into a spacey, filtered drop. "Something From My Mind" goes in the opposite direction; beginning with angelic melodies, it moves from the sublime to the functional via its rolling rhythm before morphing into a tougher sound thanks to its grinding chord build. Nikola Gala also delivers a slamming, metallic take on "Blowback".
Man of many aliases Petros Manganaris (INFO, The Scientifics, Petter Pann etc.) returns to his most famous pseudonym, Echonomist, for a deep and sensual outing on Dessous. "Keys To Life" offers up a tactile blend of energetic low-end shuffle, spiralling chords, cosmic vocal samples and killer organs. While vintage American deep house seems to be his primary influence (check the skipping drums for proof), he carefully steers clear of hollow revivalism. The seemingly unstoppable Kyodai goes even deeper on his remix, thickening up the percussion and stripping the track back to a booming, late night groove. The EP also includes a tasty dose of hazy autumnal sunshine in the shape of "Fair Ride".