Boomkat Product Review:
Bass mutant Gage riffs on a sore/lush sort of UK dance dread for Finn’s burgeoning 2 B Real label. Leading on from their blink-and-miss tape edition of Anz’ ‘Spring/Summer Dubs 2019’, the label put a moodier foot forward into 2020 in step with a zeitgeist of anxious but up-for-it dance music.
In an enduringly classic way, Gage draws his own sense of positivity or determination from the power of darkside/negative energy across the EP, nodding to the shine-eyed sensuality and swerve of early ‘90s Kevin Sanderson or Luke Slater in the lead cut’s blend of trancey Detroit riffs and bolshy breakbeat house swagger, before ‘Red Sky, Red Water’ clocks up a brooding mix of sullen Reese bass, minor key strings and hard drum torque in aching style. ‘Floodgates (Minimal Dub)’ follows with a stiffer upper lip vibe, working bare bones drums and stare electronics in a style recalling Raime, Logos and DJ Firmeza, with ‘Flags In The Rain’ revealing a a canny knack for crystalline, beatless rollers flex that seals the EP with an MDMA-lips kiss-off.
“FOR THE FREAKY KIDS N’ ANYBODY WHO FEELS LIKE THEY HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING, 2020 WE GOTTA CREATE OUR OWN POSITIVITY.” - Gage