Boomkat Product Review:
Cold drill instrumentals from Peckham’s First Circle, strafing from shots fired on Precious Metals to the club modernists at Hi-NRG
Stripped to the shivering bone, the four cuts on ‘Mouse’ make canny use of dissonance and brooding pads as key ingredients in First Circle’s slant on the current sound of South London, not to mention everywhere else form manny to NYC. We’re best feeling the keening bittersweet tang of that lead on the hollow-tipped drums of ‘778’, and likewise the heads-down hypnosis of his glyding 808 subs and reverse string loops in ‘JML II.’
There’s a more aggressive drama to ‘Panellist’ for those that need it, while ‘Mouse’ finds links to current drill via its roots in grime and jungle with a 2nd half lash of glinting, filtered amens recalling what Kode9 does in his 3-deck DJ blends.