Boomkat Product Review:
As eagerly anticipated, Blackest Ever Black’s A14 sub-label dispense two dark alleys of UK rolige from Bristol’s Rhythmic Theory one year on from December’s crooked initiation.
A perfectly sympathetic fit for the Blackest aesthetic, summed up in the title Forgotten Realms, the shadowy producer draws inspiration from the abandoned styles and headspaces of breakstep garage, dread UKF and crack’d bashment inna hauntological mediation of those cherished forms that were left behind in favour of shinier new tricks.
The slugging bass swang and rattled rolige of the title cut go eyes-shut, heads-down into the club fog where nobody’s watching you shack out, proper pre-smoking ban and camera phone vibes.
Likewise, Spirits of Duality catches the silhouette of an orphaned ’96 via ’06 and into ’16 flex, recollecting a possible future thru the scrying prism of up-to-date production techniques and indelible, deeply absorbed rave memories.
Stone cold pressure.