A euphoric, summery house record that’s been floating around in record boxes for a while finally gets its release on Intricate. Starting with a jerky slowdown of its main groove that kicks it into fifth gear, it brims with upbeat vibes until the melodic aspects are really brought to the fore.
Sasha plays a classic bait-and-switch trick with ‘Ether’ by opening on a hefty note of techno, before evolving into a swirly progressive monster in the second half, the brittle sounds giving way to delicious cyclones of melody, demonstrating again he’s not afraid at the moment to go for the jugular. There are elements of a return to the euphoric sounds that defined his earlier years, without the danger of it feeling retrospective.
The B-side of Allien’s latest ‘High’ EP sees her dropping what’s unmistakably a dirty progressive record, through and through. While ‘Lou’ deceptively fires up with a moody tech house vibe, it’s not long before it’s been transformed into an acid-drenched belter. Bigger than you’d think.
Whilst many producers have tried (and failed) to really provide a suitable platform for the Ragga Twins over the years, Double Helix has finally come along and produced something so cracked out, mutant and leftfield yardstyle as to fit their unique flow. It’s Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole of the darkest UK soundsystem music — jungle, grime, dub, two-step, hip-hop, ragga — only to be driven through a particle collider to create absolute chaos. Brilliant.