Zombie. The shadowiest of all the contemporary UK producers except for Apex Twin and, perhaps worthy enough of a comparison to the man, in relation to the UK electronic scene. This is his new album, Ultra, and we're glad to see him back on the legendary Hyperdub, now a label surely as important as other British staples like Warp or Rephlex. He's back doing what he does best on here, and that means future-leaning grime concoctions with an added layer of his singular mystique. "Reflection" opens up with jarring drones and sporadic gun shots and, before we know it, we're driven heads-first into a cyclone of sounds and influences on tunes like "Fly 2" featuring Banshee, and "E.S.P". "Glass" offers some trippy, stripped-down techno, but the special material comes though the collaborations on here: one glorious bass excursion alongside Burial called "Sweetz", the frenetic "Quandary" with Darkstar, and the supremely deep collaboration with London's Rezzett duo tagged simply as "SDYF". This is one mother of an album. Enough said.
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