Ninja Tune offshoot Counter Records usually has its' finger on the pulse, so it's little surprise to see that they've snapped up fast-rising beat-maker Fakear. Animal is his second full-length, and first since self-released 2012 debut Washin' Machine, and neatly encapsulates what's best about the producer's hard-to-define work. Built on manipulated vocal samples, off-kilter outsider house rhythms, melodious synthesizer work and folksy instrumentation (sultry strings, banjo and acoustic guitar are all thrown into the mix), Animal is a hugely entertaining and evocative set. This digital edition includes a clutch of bonus tracks, including the deep tropical pop of "Mamaha (Energy Song)", and the dubstep-influenced bliss of "Song For Jo".
"Silver", featuring the folksy, emotive vocals of Rae Morris, was one of the undoubted highlights of Fakear's recent Counter Records debut, Animal. Here, the track gets re-formatted for the dancefloor by a quintet of talents. There's a British bass-house-meets-tech-house interpretation from DrumTalk, a similarly large, EDM-tinged, radio-friendly rework from Few Nolder (who makes great use of the original's piano motifs), and a dense, deep house-goes-tribal tweak from Bakradze (arguably the EP's standout moment, thanks to the combination of layered drums and lilting melodies). As if that wasn't enough, Gacha also delivers a wonderfully dreamy, sunset-friendly downtempo remix.