Review: Now just a solo act but still just as dark and brooding; Amoss return to his spiritual stomping ground Flexout for four straight-up no-nonsense moody rollers. "Speed Shades" has an early 2000s Subtitles snarl all vicious roars and splashes on fills while "2 Clicks" takes us deep into Trace territory, harrumphing away with its grainy grumpy bass. Elsewhere "Revival" pings us to the outer perimeters of the cosmos on an elastic riff while "Sundance" brings us back gradually into the earth's orbit with its roomy-cushioned groove and parachute pads. Feel the need?
Review: Amoss, now a solo act after the departure of 50% of the duo last year, are without a doubt one of the most highly respected names in the world of dark, feverish, minimal D&B. Their production quality is as impeccable as their vibe creation and Flexout is an excellent vessel for those vibes. Tinnies & Ciggies, aside from having a wicked name, is a top quality, rolling release. There's a spectrum of craziness here and Amoss know you can't spend an entire EP at the crazy end, hence tracks like '7eleven', a deep journey through atmospheric synths and a pummelling bass that progresses and progresses. You do need, of course, too get crazy sometimes and the other three tunes provide that in bloody spades. I mean just check out the bassoon 'Three Cans of Rio'. Absolutely heinous. One for the heads.
Review: Belgian badmen Bredren have yet to put a step wrong this year. Following two iced-packed machine funk drillers on Demand and Dispatch comes this incredible four-track barbed soul attack. It kicks off with "Line Art", a stepper so stark and sharp it could cut through concrete. "City Clan" is a twisted 22nd century dancehall shaker with a hook characterised by high voltage distorted sinewy bleeps while "Whose Rights" takes the sense-shattering signature to a whole new level with a punch that could easily be compared to Skeptical or, when it comes to the bullcharge drums on the fills, Blocks & Escher. Finally we have "Hemlock", a lean mean stepper garnished with just the right amount of stripped back creepy elements. Headlock.
Review: Flexout are absolutely one of the best labels in the scene right now, with a tendency to release devilishly smooth minimal flavours across a range of BPMs. Creatures has been getting about rececently with features on C.I.A and elsewhere, so it's good to see him graduate to a full Flexout EP, alongside Ill Truth and Zound. Track three, 'Hunters', is our pick of the bunch with a devastatingly fluid, sub-heavy bassline that breathes and ebbs through the mix in such a cool way. The drums are right on point and the entire tune just feels like a weapon in your hands. Ill Truth rack things up on 'Abstract' and this release just generally boots off from there.