Haunter Records mainstay Heith strikes out on his own with the first release on his own SAUCERS imprint. To inaugurate the label he’s turned out Mud, an EP that takes in experimental electronics, dark ambient, Lotic’s club deconstructions and the weightless grime of Mr. Mitch. Mud is a nerve-jangling listen, but all the more thrilling for that fact.
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It’s always interesting hearing how UK Bass music mutates as it travels - from Peter Runge over in Milwaukee twisting it up as Sd Laika or Eric C. Burton as Rabit genetically modifying Grime’s DNA out there in Houston. More often than not, the further they stray from the original template, the more fascinating things sound. This is certainly true of the first record on Saucers - a new imprint from Italy's Heith aka Daniele Guerrini who also runs the esteemed Haunter Records label alongside Francesco Alessandri.
Heith’s sound on this five-track EP is even more weightless than the weightless Grime of Mumdance and Logos for example and I guess just weirder. ‘Eva 2’ takes Zomby style bleeping and slows it right down into something resembling a dirge played at a cyborg’s funeral. ‘Extra Melma’ is animated with eerie liquid metal sound design as if we’re peeking into some secret Skynet facility. ‘Yoga of Stealth’ layers flickering harpsichord-like synth and sampled strings over a woozy stepping rhythm and mystical, dubby mutant melodica/flute-like sounds - elevating it into trippy realms where I feel like I’ve gobbled some peyote and am an eagle soaring the skies. The untitled B1 track is another Grime mangler that rattles and clanks along with razor-sharp steely percussion, life support machine bleeps and a melody that makes me feel like I’m the prey of a particularly nasty predator. Closing track ‘Mud Queen’ takes a soulful, romantic turn complete with synthetic female vocal. Sounds like I’m being seduced by a machine… Blimey. Solid EP.
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