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.
Oi oi Spirit! One of the sharpest minds in the game with bruisers to his name than you've had hot dinners, here we find him tucking into a cheeky slice of 2018 with two brilliantly paced and spaced workouts. The drums on "Jamming" are a dreamboat alone. Fleet of foot but prone to occasional kettle-smashing rattling fills, close your eyes and it's 1997 but with all the weight and paranoia of modern Brexit Britain. "Confusion" is all wonked out robo-funk with an acidic bassline you'd sell your cat for. Dark funk for dark times; Spirit consistently knows the score.
Releases don't come much deeper or more heartfelt: These two Spirit collaborations are the first posthumous Marcus Intalex tracks and there are likely to be more in due course. Naturally they're savagely heavy in every possible sense of the word. "Untitled MCR" hits with this amazing drone bass that sweeps in like a fighter jet, "Acid Monday" lives up to its name with skeletal acid writhing and flexing around a rough tribal step. Both timeless, understated, unapologetic and essential. Marcus Intalex rest in peace.
Drum and bass legend Spirit turns in a killer compilation showcasing some of the highlights on his long standing label in recent years. It's all breakneck rhythms and darkside sub bass voodoo as you'd expect; business as usual. His own 'Calling Card", "Siren" and "Scrabble" feature here as well as well as the moster that is "Inhuman" by Tactile, darkside roller "Exodus" by Chris Su and the breakbeat science of Outrage on "Recall".
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