With his place amongst the drum & bass community very much established thanks to a series of releases as Nolige, West Midlands producer Shaun Bateman signalled a new stage in his production trajectory with the SB81 project. The Blueprints EP is his second outing for the METHXX series from Metalheadz and it opens with a jagged sting of pure and unadulterated future jungle with the title track. "Blueprints" really showcases this producer's talent for twisting out interesting new rhythms from classic breaks and is complemented by some truly vicious sub bass. Elsewhere SB81 revisits previous production "Four Tun", sliding the tempo gauge up to 170 and easing the mood from dark to hopeful which contrasts nicely with the haywire half time headnodders delight that is final cut "Arq".
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