The iconic Planet Mu label continue a killer run with Reflection Spaces from Silk Road Assassins. This is the debut EP from this hotly tipped crew who blend futuristic sound design, grime instrumentals and dystopian synth soundscapes. Think Kuedo and Logos battling it out in some kind of apocalyptic nightmare.
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This here is a group of bass assassins who have been taken under the wing of the Paradinas to meld the more straight beats of the modern club aeon with weird alien synth collages. On par with most of Planet Mu’s recent output, it showcases some sleek, controlled productions featuring bold melodics and grime-induced beat patterns.
If you took the downcast, insular bleep harmonies of Burial, with a similar amount of reverb, and applied them to the beatmaking skills of Om Unit and Rabit, you might be sitting close to Silk Road Assassins. Prepare to get all teary on the dancefloor. Or extremely morose. There are echoes of the slo-mo beats and skittering hats of the late trap world, and a general glossiness over the whole thing, the top end shining while the low end thumps and rolls. For something so dingey and club noire, it’s surprisingly colourful. Just get those main synth blips up on lead track ‘Vectors’ up, it’s like a neon bath or sutin. Good music yep 8/10
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