Grum makes his Anjunabeats debut with another solid indication he’s ready for the big league. ‘U’ is an enigmatic, progressive stormer that pitches its flag somewhere ambiguously between house and trance, maximising appeal for both scenes. Led by a rich, colourful electro synth hook, it’s backed by a driving house kick that maximises dancefloor functionality. More importantly though is how Grum has tapped into that mysterious essence that defined early progressive, making ‘U’ one of the standout electro/progressive records of the year so far.
After first appearing on Blackdown’s Keysound imprint back in 2013, Brighton’s Etch has been pushing his dark, skeletal identity via the Soundman Chronicles and Space + Time labels. On new label Wisdom Teeth, he offers up a typical anachronistic piece, an esoteric skin stretched across the faded bones of jungle’s past for a slow-mo bump. In contrast, label honcho K-Lone drops a chirpy little number full of jiggly rhythmic elements and slinky sub bass.
Combining an old skool break with a dark, reverberating industrial sound and a biology lesson about tinnitus, ‘Collecting Dust’ is an ominous monster of a track. Pounding bass and a tumbling drum make this the most enjoyable science class you've ever had.
Ahead of the EP dropping in September, BA release a pair of limited-edition socks with two killer tracks — ‘Camo’ is a global riddim atop soft footwork vibes, ‘Fever’ is stripped back percussive jingalism.