in the primordial soup that is the space often referred to as 130bpm, there lies a lot of dull debris and dirty detritus. but amidst the scattered grey asteroids lies a small but glittering phuture-star, damu, the newest signing to bass station keysound recordings. whereas much that surrounds him is ordinary and unremarkable, damus quadrant is a glittering explosion of hypercolour and kinetic movement, emotive energy and playful pulsations. to enter into its proximity is, in the nicest possible way, to be irradiated by a kind of cosmic glow rays that leaves you fuzzy and warm. the source for this remarkable sound, developed over a relatively short period, is his infectious enthusiasm and unrelenting positivity.
>going on< from geeks & gaz is a deep 140bpm roller with rich synth swells and grainy disembodied vocals which lend a washed-out melancholy air, while a limber 2step house rhythm propels a truly transporting five minutes of eyes-closed burial-esque low end groove, making for a track that will hit equal targets on the dancefloor and in the headphones. daily delivers >untitled<, an old-school uk garage-inspired track which comes to life with a slow rising synth line underpinned by a sparse beat, before breaking brightly open into a scene of high pitched buzzing keys and some seriously complex percussive intricacies, rapid on the conga skins and hard down on the blunted kick drum. for further triple-win value, hype west london producer jack dixon offers a jaw-dropping refix of >going on<, massaging the original into a sensuously twisted uk funky / garage hybrid shape, introducing dramatic synth lines, hypnotic vocal stabs, and a hightened detail in the beat programming which somehow increases the tunes club-tooled precision while simultaneously enhancing its wistful and reflective mood.
technicolour rave freak zomby comes with a bit of a shocker for werk disks, setting aside his killer dubstep style for a hot minute to produce a rough, ready and raw album of piano rave and 91/ 92 ardkore variants