Legendary label V Recordings has crashed straight into the festive season in a big way with this blistering release from Digital, Spirit and Response. Three massive names, two huge tunes. Where to start? "Garrison Law" is a brutal tech-step rampage through a rocking, doomy bassline and clockwork percussion. More than a touch influenced by the old school, it's heavy enough to satisfy the toughest dancefloors. "Different Style" plays with an amazing, spacious break, engineered to spin continuously on the surface of that deep, syrupy sub while the rest of the tune's components work around it. This is some seriously intelligent business going down here.
Back to 1998! Spirit dusts off a truly cult 12" from the golden era. Proper Blue Note business comparable to Photek, Source Direct and Dom & Roland, both sides roll out with ominous darkness; "Fathoms" is all about the crafty drum switches and dense heavy atmospheres while "Suspicion" spaces out groove with daring moments of silence, deep space textures and a prang mood that could set the most confident men to the hospital. Listen to the filtered conga cuts and prepare to lose small pieces of your mind. What a reissue from a bonafide don.