Easily one of Grime’s most exciting producers pushing the boundaries with style and confidence. Sick EP.
Laurel Halo trumped most last year with the brilliant, long- playing 'Chance Of Rain' on Hyperdub; now she applies some of her maverick talent to Factory Floor's latest single. Remodelling the primitive pulse of the band's arcane drum machines, Halo's version reaches a giddy climax with nebulous synths and smudged dub tones. In contrast, Detroit techno hero, Carl Craig, reduces the groove to a darkened, hypnotic club tool.
It prowls powerfully before quickly pouncing with an almighty drop, signaled by the deep-voiced warning of the 'Sound Killer'. This hugely layered track draws influences from seemingly every possible direction. Dub-style vox, wailing monks, crashing thunderous drums, techy metallic samples, you name it, it's here.
This is indeed the return of Rico Tubbs, although put alongside his bass music classic ‘Gangsters’, it does seem to be going through the motions a tad. The template is the same and the constituent parts - wobbly bass, hype slippy-slidey garage beats, arcade game noises etc - are all present and correct, but it doesn't quite gel. The TJH87 revamp drops it down into a funky thang, Kepikei employs a deep burrowing bass, hardcore yelps and low-slung breaks for an understated tech-funk DJ tool, and Kraymer's turn is an undesirable trappist melee. Patchy.