Double 12" £10.49 BLACKEST028
2x12" on Blackest Ever Black.
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Had this double pack come out in 1993 it might have had one of those “DJ friendly vinyl” stickers on the sleeve. 4 tracks over the 4 sides cut loud at 45rpm. I always thought DJ Friendly Vinyl would have been a good happy hardcore DJ name, I probably wasn’t the only one, I bet some joker nabbed it. So anyway these 4 tracks come from Amos Childs, Seb Gainsborough (Vessel) and Sam Kidel who are members of Bristol’s Young Echo crew who’s fresh faces recently adorned the cover of an issue of The Wire magazine.
Considering who’s involved, the artist name, the label and the artwork it doesn’t take a genius to deduce what’s in store and that is of course dark bass heavy action. First up is ‘Six Harmonics’ which moves along ever so slowly and spacious with a female vocal sample, heavy bass drone and occasional drops. Gradually ethereal spooked female vocals are stretched out into drones but nothing much really happens although you get the sense something is brewing...
‘Thousand Hands’ heads further into the shadows sounding like deconstructed grime at a 10th of the speed with gunshots and sirens that seem to echo into infinity over a slow motion dubbed out heavy sluggish and sinister groove. Glocks get cocked and bullets spray amongst eerie dark ambient scapes and brooding almost Scorn-esque atmospherics.
‘Eight Methods’ heads further into the dark ambient atmospherics, working in an fx-laden dusty sample. The track almost feeling like it could have been tailor made for the label. Closer ‘Water Boxing’ throws in some fragments of Jamaican dialogue in true soundsystem murdering fashion and is an exercise in restraint and tension, slowly building over skeletal percussion and obligatory booming bass. All decent stuff although I’m kinda left wanting more after consuming the EP as a whole. Having said that if you’re looking to ease or even build the pressure in a DJ set it’ll come in pretty useful.
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