A new collaboration landing, between night bus mystery man Burial and bass-weight Skeng supremo The Bug! For many fans of the UK bass music scene, this will be the collaboration of their dreams, and these two tracks under their Flame 1 handle do not disappoint in the slightest. These dense, smoky, dubbed out and deeply atmospheric slo-mo steppers come via Pressure, a new label from Kevin Martin himself.
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If you’ve been living on another planet for the past month or so, it’s probably worth telling you that Flame 1 is a collaboration between Kevin Martin aka The Bug and Will Bevan aka Burial. This record is the first release on Martin’s newly minted label Pressure.
The suitably titled ‘Fog’ on the top side is something like a hazy memory of a night of being pummelled by the Iration Steppas sound. A gloriously heavy, mystical half-stepper that stomps along like an elephant through a misty, rainy, landscape - somewhere completely out of time -- blissfully wandering in a tropical storm. An almighty dense sound that feels cavernous - you literally feel like you can move around and get lost inside this thing. In some ways, it’s what you might hope the collaboration might sound like - dark, dread-filled, weather-beaten and ten tonnes heavy. I feel like experiencing this thing pouring out of a proper system would rattle my bones right out of my skin, leaving a slow skanking skeleton separated from a sack of flesh in a gloopy puddle on the dance floor of Leeds West Indian Centre.
Spidery veins of Burial's melancholy run through 'Shrine'. Its as though the track itself is weeping as The Bug sets it alight - torched with gnarly bass flames and sparking around the edges with noise and distortion. So there are little hallmarks of each artists sound, yet no single one dominates - a proper collaborative effort where they create a “third sound” -- a new vision built from their respective strengths.
Serious business from two master conjurers of smoked out, deep, dark and dubby atmospheres. Let us pray to the gods they’ve made more than two tunes together...
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