Instinctively distrustful of the La Coka Nostra stable (cos I fucking hated House of Pain) but keep getting pleasantly surprised by their latest offerings. This is so Buddha-blessed, rootsical and lush it could soundtrack an Indian wedding video — a truly strange mix from producer The Arcitype of cooing backing-vox, trippy raga-harmonium, thrumming rocksteady bass slowly enfolding you in its clasp, Slaine breaking forth with some thoughtful, moving rhymes about rising from nothing, how to become a flower. Superb.
Daisy-cutting beats, zipline-ing synths, belching distortion and at least two monster moments more than your average — one of the current shining hopes for UK trance drops science here.
Another hawking globule of brostep phlegm flobs into my ears in the most hi-NRG and mid-range way. It’s a pretty intense rush, kicking off with ‘Yabba Dabs’, a screeching joyride of grating wobble. Followed by ‘The Storm’ a pile-driving onslaught of side-chained synth abuse, only to be upstaged by ‘Revenge’, a thumping romper stomper, culminating in ‘Riddim 101’ which can only appeal to anyone below the age of 18, delirious through Meow Meow abuse. I’m exhausted.
Not content with rewiring the Detroit techno code with Ike Release as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a killer analogue release. 'Has 1' is a driving, housey groove that gives way to eerie synths swooping in, while 'Has 2' sees him venture down a deeper route, back towards his Detroit techno sound. The highlight however is 'Silent Monk 2', a rough and raw percussive workout that centres on a searing bassline.