Sat amongst the rest of the early 2014 crop, the first thing you'll notice about Szabo, Vilborg & Norberg's co-op is just how exactingly produced it is. With fantastic division between its sonic layers, immaculate sequencing of its parts and a sensational mix-down, it booms like few others. With Norberg's vocal hitting emotive, authentic notes throughout, this will work most floors at most times of the night.
Sure, there are points on his ‘Candle Coast EP’ where Ben Jacobs sounds like a lot of other producers making happy, overtly musical 4/4, but then there’s also ‘Dancrodile’ - a guitar-flecked marimba-driven funkster of a production that’s a proven grey-London-morning-pick-me-up. It’s the glaring hit in the middle of a solid three-tracker that just builds and builds melodically to the point where you can actually taste the serotonin seeping into your central nervous system.
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.
Easily one of Grime’s most exciting producers pushing the boundaries with style and confidence. Sick EP.