Alix Perez's 1985 continues to build its own unique lane with the first V/A release of the year. Following Monty's "Hypnotise" comes this sleek, stark four-piece featuring a range of innovative kindred spirits. Perez takes the lead with "Haunted", a powerful techno-influenced slab of darkness while Cologne-based next-genner SubMarine follows with a 20,000 league deep sea wriggle fest on "Malibu 1973". Deeper into the Folio we forage to find barbed soul and heavy emotion on "Rollcage" (with Halogenix) and fly-by-night finger-clicking funk and subversive soulful vocals on "The Glow" (with Monty and singer Benabu)
Submarine is quickly emerging as one of the hottest new talents in the game. His very recent EP on Dispatch was of top-notch quality and his previous outings on 1985 have been as well. Now he's back for his first full-length EP on Perez's label and oh boy, it's good. 'Xertz' is one of the deeper cuts, subterranean synths rumbling away underneath trademark 1985 percussion precision. It rolls quickly into Dive Alarm, possibly one of the most unique tracks released in years and an incredible piece of music. You need to listen to it to understand properly, but Submarine has created a five-minute masterclass in minimal progression that'll keep you engrossed the whole way. 'Luna' is another minimal masterclass, subtle pinches of force edging out over each other against a backdrop of blackish ambience. Finally, 'Angler Beat', which manages to keep the EP fresh even after the uniqueness of the previous 3 tunes. A halftime, jungley number that rattles and rattles and rattles, 'Angler Beat' is the last gasp of a truly amazing release on an amazing label.