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8/10 Ant Staff review, 26 October 2012
Super smart double pack right here from Kevin McAuly and the ever reliable Hessle Audio imprint who released the artists first 12” back in 2007. Six 12”s later and here we are in 2012 with eight tracks from the man. This chap was a breath of fresh air when dubstep was becoming quite stagnant, unleashing some wicked future garage tunes that still hold their own. The garage influence is still present here but jungle and techno are also an integral part of the brew, acknowledging his influences but with a clear forward vision of his own. The final concoction is neither, rather a fully formed hybrid all his own.
Opener ‘Game’ samples Missy Elliot “Do yo’ thang, just make sure you ahead of the game” a real statement of intent with a bit of cheeky B-boy swagger. Tumbling breakbeats and bass drops make it into a surefire floor filler.
Once the title track gains its momentum after a lush long intro it’s rocks, somewhere between jungle and dubstep. ‘Trouble’ is all woody clonking/ tribal percussion riding a ragga vocal sample and eerie strings. ‘Majestic’ is a 4/4 techno bass workout a bit like Neil Landstrumm on helium. ‘Time Bomb’ is a proper energetic dance wrecker with a stupendous itchy, urgent rhythm, widescreen atmospherics, destroying claps and huge bass complete with bleeps. ‘Middleman’ has a loop that sounds like a horn sample with some proper heavy stomping drums that sound like an elephant plodding across the dancefloor.
An excellent and diverse set of tracks that smudges the lines between UKG/ Funky/ Dubstep and beyond into oblivion. Recommended.
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