Review: London-based Friske is a soundscapist to be reckoned with. Conjuring eerie soundtracks grounded in retro sci-fi and apocalyptic visions of the future, "Speculate" builds storm clouds of drama over simplistic breaks. "Autumn" continues the sparsely-lit scene, ramping up the reverb and placing beauty in the form of light, airy keys and synths over big swampy bass. Sparkling with invention, there are samples and playful interludes cut through - listen out. Final tune "Dark Venture" picks up on the weighty vibes "Autumn" briefly left behind for a bit of tech-influenced fun behind the drum pads. Playing to his hip-hop favour this track owes its menace to crackled, on-point breaks with sinister input from whirling atmospherics. A massive release from a producer to watch.
Review: You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. But thanks to Friske, you do get a "Second Chance" to impress a dancefloor. Building on his METHXX and Platinum Headz adventures, the highly respected London deepsmith returns with his most comprehensive collection to date. Six slabs high and kicking in all directions, highlights include the mesmerizingly dreamy soul-tinged stepping title track, the physically addictive percussion and subtle-but-savage grumbles of "Departure" and the jazzy allure and bitter metallic aesthetic to "Suspicion". That's just the half of it. It's time to take a chance...
Review: Metalheadz newbie Friske sets the bar even higher on this new set of hard-hitting releases. After a string of dancefloor smashers on the likes of Renegade Hardware, Melee and Inneractive, he's taken his sci-fi brand of big, smashed-up beats and techy rollers to another level for Goldie's crew. After a blistering start, second track "Venture" is an old-school chilled-down swagger around jazzy bass and jangling breaks. This release also comes with bonus track "Requisite" - deep, doomy and full of antagonistic bass, it's a definitive description of Friske's sound. Snap it up.
Review: Metalheadz have been rolling out the artist albums this year, with stellar contributions from Adred, amongst others. This time it's the turn of Friske and he continues the trend of incredibly well thought out, resonant breaks-based music that makes you consider the meaning of life whilst blasting your face off at the same time. A whopping sixteen tracks long, there are too many highlights to mention them all but 'Destination' is certainly up there, as subterranean shudders creep into the arrangement underneath an inch-perfect set of clashing, cracking drums. There are no features on this album, it's pure Friske and all the better for it. Top stuff, and if you're into Mako, Autonomic or anything else clever and crushing, this one is for you.
Review: The "Final Chapter LP" brings together a collection of tracks from the likes of Stranjah, Overlook, Relapse, Parallel & Coincide, Heavy Stereo and My Foul. With upcoming D&B talent in abundance across the album, this is well worth listening to if you like unearthing new music and discovering new names. From the rolling percussion of "Prominence" through such moments as Fade's experimental "Ruff Tactics" and Champa B's old skool "Darkness Through Light", there is plenty for everyone here. Also watch out for Double O's "Concrete Jungle" and Verb & Devastate's "The Killzone". Awesome.