This sampler EP for Bournemouth-based producer and soundtrack musician Future Funk Squad's 'Darker Nights' remix album is proof that there is still plenty of room for invention within the breakbeat sound spectrum. Evil Nine's rerub of 'The Colony' is a deep, brooding, epic affair, like the scary soundtrack to a particularly chilling level of Resident Evil. Hyper's remix of 'Darker Days' is a ruthless Slayer guitar-stomp, while Lee Coombs and Kostas G's reworking of 'Monologue' is all White Stripes guitar, acid licks and moody strings. Kid Digital's remix of 'Rat Race' blends stabs of bass static with post-apocalyptic synths and MC Mojo's cultured vocal about the perils of 21st century existence. Most of these tracks are a little too abstract for the average dancefloor, but that shouldn't put anyone off. Searingly classy stuff.
If ‘Chimes’ is anything to go by, then the full four-track EP — that we are still waiting to get our grubby little mitts on — should be a bit of a belter.
What do you do when you reach 303 releases? Well, obviously you turn out an acid-heavy jam, or in the case of the eminent Kompakt, two acid-heavy jams. Aces.
When not stirring things up on the floors of the modern discotheque as one half of the Eskimo Twins, Timothy Clerkin is dropping minimal synth/EBM bombs on the cool Blitz Kids of today as Heretic. This latest EP for Robbie ‘Headman’ Insinna’s Relish is an icy cool tribute to the industrial, new beat sound of '80s Belgium with tracks like ‘Flesh’ nodding to the sound of Front 242 and ‘Soviet’ to Liaisons Dangereuses.