Russian roustabout Mr Frenkie steps aside from his Phlegmatic Dogs house project with two pristine slabs of dynamic drum & bass. "Pathfinder" wouldn't go amiss in a Break or DLR set thanks to its spacious drums and well-placed synths. Less is most definitely more on this one. "Foundation" flips the vibe for something a lot harder and techier. Think Xtrah or Mefjus but a tiny bit more understated.
Blackout's "Evolutions" series is a place for its new artists to flex their skills and help push the label's boundaries further and further into drum & bass's darkest unknown quarters. This fifth volume is no exception. If anything, it's one of the most boundary-blurring collections yet; Mr Frenkie busses up a jump-up riff with Detroitian synth tones, Italian romper stomper Inward gets his rough funk on with the lava-like tear-up "Red Matter" while Merikan (another on-point Italian producer who's killing it right now) slaps us down with raw bass drama on "Infobesity". Finally A.M.C takes on the brave move by remixing Current Value. Taking "Eager Flight" to twisted places without losing the original's bitter, head-bending edge, it's an explosive way to end an exceptional EP.