Boomkat Product Review:
D.K’s Worship label returns with a set of dank dembow x UKB hybrids on the line between ruder Downwards, ANA, early DMZ and Youth stylings, from Parisian lynchpin Louis Vial, aka Eszaid.
‘Encircled Earth’ taps into the Photek continuum on a downtempo set of neon-lit advanced/ardkore variations that sound something like Gescom via DMZ. 'Indraic Cut' lodges itself low-n-slow , arranging the kind of robotic vox and crushed drums you'd find on peak-era Ae/Gescom production around a fucked low-end wobble. He grabs from a wide range of influences, curving acid and grubby breaks around hard-swung dembow and omnipresent sci-fi pads on 'Zmej', and galvanised trills into dubbed-out minimal dancehall on 'Ophis Dub'.
The sound is most effective when he focuses on the mood: 'Chained' is like half-speed Photek stripped to a dungeon techno crawl, while ‘Kronstadt’ sticks to the shadows for the first half before erupting in a firework display of tweaky breakwork that never fully leans into IDM fuckery - thankfully.