As is now customary, Young Turks round off another productive year by bundling together tracks from some of their key releases. There's naturally much to admire, from the sparse and atmospheric outsider electronica of FKA Twigs' anthem-like "Two Weeks", and leftfield 4/4 dark-funk of SBTRKT's "New Dorp, New York" (featuring the distinctive vocals of Ezra Koening), to the delicate downtempo textures and dub-soaked rhythms of Jamie XX. Throw in a slice of immersive, left-of-centre bass music (Quirke's "Break A Mirrored Leg") and a dash of James Blake style fragility from Sampha ("Too Much"), and you've got a formidable package.
It's already been flagged up as Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record In The World" and mask-wearing, bass music pioneer SBTRKT's new single "Living Like I Do" does not fail to disappoint. Joining the dots between grime and funky with a soft, soulful vocal from the equally hot talent Sampha, it's a sumptuous slice of future garage with catchy, swinging beat and velvety bassline. Accompanying it is the Machinedrum remix of "Look At The Stars", which continues the themes set up in the first track but takes things on more of a stripped back, sultry tip with sparse, slow-building layers of sound.