ANFS: #007 (Vanila)

Another fine drop from Athens’s ANFS. ‘Skafto’ slowly ramps it up, with unswerving pressure build; it teases and teases and never really drops. ‘Olatatzi’ is almost like an industrial John Carpenter thing. Small hours urban paranoia, with a phat fuzzed out, druggy, strobe vibe.

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Sam KDC: Auxiliary/Horo label

Been getting deep into this all this Grey Area business lately.

Plenty to explore if you haven’t already. And note the new rules of the game; a lot of it in 3/4 time signature, all phasing polyrhythms, long slow release pressure builds, some of it keyed in precisely to 127.51bpm (don’t ask me why?), most at 85/170bpm.

Sadly for me, most of my music listening these days is done in my single cab pick-up on long boring commutes, but having a new monster sub-woofer put in recently (under my seat, the only space for it) has totally transformed the experience. It’s now a monstrous, enclosed bass chamber! and all this Grey Area stuff seems made for it. Actually turns my drives into a full on psychedelic trips, where I float at high speed on this magic carpet of sub bass while the tracks undulate and progress like the contours and camber of the motorway. Probably more dangerous than drink driving heh, but it’s even better driving home at night.

Mumdance B2B Pinch Rinse FM

The dirty uncles sounding totally at ease and on top of their game, thumping out the “deep, dark, rollers.” Old and new, all styles and a new W3C dubplate that smashes it.

No idea what that tune is that comes in at 13:04 is?? but it’s a fuckin’ destroyer! and my new sub woofer in the car nearly blew out the windows!!!

Download while you still can.

Aquarian: Hamburglar Helper (Hanger Management)

Aquarian massively on point again and he’s upped the bass, yet again, bigtime. Seems to do it everytime. First listen you think ‘ho-hum’, all a bit techno formalist, but then you hear his signature mastery of teasing out the build and tension and it’s really on the breakdown and second drop at the 5:00+ mark that the track lights up and reaches full dancefloor velocity; the wicked, totally infectious, chopped breakbeat shuffle that he’s so good at. Minimal ingredients, maximal results.

Ghost in the Machine: One Louder EP (Perc Trax)

Another ultra solid and reliable panel bashing party tool from Perc Trax.

The ground hugging fog of the filtered reese on “The Holy Grill” stirs up the stygian rave tension (like a good Reese always should) and unleashes the proverbial dogs of war on the dancefloor. Possibly this betters any of their previous releases on their three 2016 Genosha Basic EPs in sheer crushing precision build? (although “Reverse Cowbell” off GBASIC 001 is still up there I reckon; a really stripped acidic punisher). On this trip the ultra heavy bass pumps the floor with seismic waves while the rhythmic metallic lashing and piston grinding mercilessly flail the top end to brute effect.

Intense, deeply narcotic, doom chug business.

Martyn Hare: Zone 13 EP (Green Fetish)

The Don of dirty, broken beat, industrial techno in my opinion, might even put him over Perc…

“Dreamtime” is so phat you can’t even turn up the bass on the mixer! And it gives me straight flashbacks to mid ’90s Magnetic North/Drop Bass Network et al carnage; all those driven red hot, thrashing machine boxes, barely contained by the producers – any little nudge of a knob just letting loose another flailing, feedbacking, analogue stomper. That’s what it often felt like (for a while anyway heh); a wicked trip to follow down the rabbit hole out on the dancefloor.

From the evidence here, the machines still rule if you know how to harness the energy and Hare truly rinses the fuck out of his! expertly reining it in on a shoegazey, beatless breakdown and then unleashing sprays of sparking, arterial voltage all over the slamming, merciless funk to finish it. Total Destruction! Respect due.