Boomkat Product Review:
Fudge Fingas is one of those artists who has a solid cult of fans, but for whatever reason is probably going to have wait a few years for the full extent of his talent to be acknowledged by the world at large - people 10 years from now will look back and ask why we didn't pay this fella more attention. For those who have been following his work, Amaranthine Labyrinth is another beauty, one that takes familiar influences and yolks them together into something really exciting. For a start, Fudge seems to have discovered the joys of overloaded bass and distortion, meaning his funked-out house moves have more grit than ever before. The looped discoid thump of 'Eyes On The Prize' is like a wilder, less Teutonically precise Soundstream, but it's 'NTNLC' that's really floored us: it sounds like a meeting of Salah Ragab and Carl Craig's Paperclip People in a Cairo hash bar, pulverising 4/4 kicks and wheeling horns striking out through the thick plumes of smoke. Absolute killer. After those two uptempo, dubbed-out monsters, the second, vocal-led half of the EP feels quite safe and sedate by comparison, but the quality still shines through: 'Kinski' is a fine meeting of jazz-funk keyboards and primitive house breakbeats, and 'All It Should Be' is trippy boogie-funk par excellence.