Next instalment of dream collaboration between night bus dweller Burial and bass bin enthusiast The Bug as Flame (2). Released on The Bug's Kevin Martin's Pressure imprint, these two bass music heavyweights again collide for two more blurry dubbed out highly atmospheric tracks that are sure not to disappoint fans of either artist.
Vinyl 12" £9.99 PRESH008
12" on Pressure.
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Arriving some sixteen or so months since Burial and the Bug’s first collaboration as Flame 1 graced our turntable, they return as Flame 2 and invite us to skank inside their haunted dancehall once again. We live in such an instant culture that a wee bit of deferred gratification is always tantalizing around these parts, and for sure, this hefty plate has been well worth the wait.
Up top, we get ‘Dive’ which has a granular texture somewhere between William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ and Porter Ricks' ‘Nautical Dub’. The immense sub-bass has a restrained gnarly quality which hits the solar plexus right in the sweet spot as it creeps along, then hits again with rattle snake-like metallic percussion uncoiling and shimmering through the murk. The overall feel is like coming out of a storm on the other side. The thunder has moved along, still echoing in the distance and the carnage appears through the fog like a mirage. All the while there’s an unsettling sense of loneliness and desolation - as though we were the last human on earth. This one is a proper heavyweight, gloomy dub mutant laced with Burial’s hallmark spine-tingling emotional impact.
Underneath we get the gargantuan growling stepper that is ‘Rain’ with it's stomping percussion sounding like a charge of menacing armour-plated, stoned rhinos. It goes without saying that the low end on this beauty is on point - a pure sonic body massage. The scale of the thing is ridiculous - it’s freakin’ huge. The tectonic plate shifting rumble got me feeling like I’m on a stakeout with a crew of dinosaurs hunting for prey in the middle of a monsoon. This one will nice up/terrify the dance in equal measure.
Both tracks are tweaked for maximum impact and come highly recommended.
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