2nd Drop is a label that exclusively trades in quality; from the peerless 21st century Afro-bass sounds it promotes, to its darkly captivating artwork by Jimmy Turrell. This latest release from Pedestrian and Jasperdrum is no different, with "Origins" being nearly eight minutes of eerie, minimal, shuffle-house punctuated with all kinds of creepy jungle-at-night noises lunging in from all directions. Their hugely popular anthem, "Kalakuta" also reappears here, this time full of suspended tension in a sparse slo-mo trap style remix by Alix Perez.
Pedestrian's work is sporadic and unpredictable to say the least and with only two releases having come out in the last two years, we really never know what to expect from this mysterious producer. He is, however, back on James Zabiela's Born Electric label and joined majestically by a healthy team of remixers who take care of his "Hoyle Road" track! We get the original, of course, a sweet and sultry deep house groover but Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka rapidly transform it into a hefty techno workout reminiscent of the Ostgut Ton sound. FaltyDL dusts the bass off and produces a heavier, dubbier house cut of the original, backed by some rather splendid synth work, whilst SpectraSoul take care of the d&b sway, giving us the track's vocals over some hyper-speed breakbeats and hard-hitting low-ends. Nice lil' package!