TSVI: Set You Free EP

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A cryptic underground feel to this release. Not much info out there on the artists involved, (certainly not much evidence of anything in the same vein on their Soundclouds) a seemingly newish London Bass label but right on the money with the territory they’re exploring.

Sharing some of the deconstruction aesthetics of Rabit or Bloom this initially feels firmly bedded in Techno foundations (particularly ‘Yeah’) but becomes more hybrid Grime orientated the further one delves into the tracks.

The Lokane remix of “Headshot” is heavy on the disorientating psychedelics and splintered, heavy and jarring in its own right, but unquestionably it’s the Luru remix that really heats up the mixing desk and runs it red to maximum slamming effect, saving the best for last. Full of the right amount of gritty distortion, swirling spatial trickery, gnarly rollercoaster peaks and G-force troughs this is true industrial Grime. You just need to be right out in the middle of the dancefloor for this one. Absolutely blazing!

Digital: Bruk Down

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I’ve always been a big fan/follower of Steve “Digital” Carr’s output (him being from my hometown of Ipswich an’ all) and admired his successful fusion of rave and dub aesthetics within the accepted d&b format. Not an easy or necessarily inspiring shackle to have to live under but he still seems to be tirelessly chipping away at that coal face.

I remember reading an old interview with him back in the day in Knowledge (the old d&b mag, “There was a mag just for d&b!?” Hard to imagine now I know…) where he cited his Father’s Reggae Soundsytem as a major early musical influence. I suppose it would be, wouldn’t it? but I always thought he had that dreamy, primitive experimentalist hiss, crackle and thud of dub just spot on. Ras’78 has to be one of my all time favourites from his early days.

Back in early 2014 he dropped an almost Tricky-esque downtempo collaboration with Strikez on Jakes’s H.E.N.C.H label (although strictly speaking the Starkey Remix was the true banger) but we’ve had to wait until ‘Bruk Down‘ for more in the same vein. Taking it down to 140bpm he keeps it sparse, minimal and sound system weighty with ultra fat, bouncing, distorted kicks, stuttering claps and shimmering (almost Orb-esque) LSD vibes.