Paradox Music man Alaska founded the "100% ambient jungle" label Arctic Music in 2006, joining forces with Swedish producer Seba for the imprint's second release. 11 years on the duo have reunited for another trip into deep and spacey D&B territory. On the A-side you'll find "Sandpoint", an intergalactic roller that wraps echoing vocal snippets and fluid electronics around a fuzzy bassline and punchy jungle riddims. The beanbag and incense-friendly party continues on the flip, where "Be With You" sees them reach sparkling, starburst synthesizer motifs, even dreamier vocal snippets, a whisper of jazz sax and some typically bustling breakbeats. It feels like a genuine blast from the past, and that's a good thing; certainly, few make music this magical any more.
Hot on the heels of Monty's EP comes another barbed and bulging EP from 1985 bossman Perez. Tapping into his darker, heavier machine funk tendencies, this is Alix in 3am drum & bass dance mode: "Lucky Charm" is a purring subby low-rider, "Blips" is straight back to 2009 with its angular two-step, sinewy sound design and badman bass and "Nighthawks" is a dark soul roller with subtle samplecraft and pranged out basses. "Missing Pieces" brings us back down to earth safe and sound with a much dreamier atmosphere wrapped lavishly around Perez's light-footed beats and Javeon's distinctive soulful tones. 1985 out of 10.