Boomkat Product Review:
Sweden's Lokey throws caution to the wind bashing together euphoric trance, jungle and ambient. It works, too.
Oli XL cohort Lokey impresses here, with a collection of outsider dance bangers that were presumably slapped together in isolation, given the title. Any of you familiar with the Drain Gang routine will know the crew's lackadaisical approach to genre formality, but Lokey amusingly baits purists here, slapping dungeon techno kicks and chopped breaks over the kind of synths you'd more readily find on a "Trance Anthems" comp. But it's a power move that pays off, and Lokey's attention to ambient detail (two tracks here are completely beatless) gives the EP a weight that fits the lockdown mood.
Imagine dance music that had been influenced by Araabmuzik's "Electronic Dreams" rather than any specific trance banger or other and you begin to understand the context here. This is anything goes club music that prioritizes druggy emotional resonance and big feels, and doesn't have any problem at all bolting those emotional cues to choppy rave-adjacent sloppiness.