Boomkat Product Review:
Kode9's hybrid stepper 'Infirmary' was one of the clear highlights of his recent Sonar mix, and it's paired here with a 10-minute deep trance slusher from Burial.
Following on from the conceptual 'Astro-Darien' - for our money Steve Goodman's best full-length yet - 'Infirmary' sounds as if it's sipping from the same cosmic chalice. Rooted in footwork, with loopy jazz samples, choppy vocals and a clipped kick sequence, the track sounds as if it's breathing through a dusty gauze, coughing into tightly edited amen breaks that never overstay their welcome and then into wooden, amapiano style synth prangs.
Burial, meantime, wisps through evocative environmental recordings with a beat so fragile it's practically seethrough. The warbling, time-stretched vocal reminds us exactly who we're listening to, but 'Unknown Summer' sounds sunnier than last year's 'Antidawn' and its moody follow-up 'Streetlands'. Here it's as if Will Bevan's spent a week or three on the beach with Malibu/DJ Lostboi on his headphones, as he bends gossamer trance arpeggios into choral echoes. Pure bliss, basically.