Boomkat Product Review
Hyperdub digs deeper into the UK Funky undergrowth to uproot two tribal-tek killers from DVA aka Scratcha packaged in a resplendent spot-gloss sleeve. There's been no small amount of commotion over this 12" from those in the know, receiving plays from Kode 9's inner circle - Cooly G, Ikonika etc and players like Oneman to Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster. The bare-bones soca-riddimic construction of 'Natty' is the perfect hush-up to any Funky naysayers who feel this style is a step in the wrong direction, craftily augmenting the dynamic production levels of European house and techno for ruder London-centric and Afro-Futuristic purposes. On the flip we get the equally potent strains of 'Ganja', a loose-limbed flex of jackin' polyrhythms with a lead synthline sounding like a mashed-up clanger who's just found some A-grade cheese. Just drop this in the right dance and watch the place go loopy. Together with Cooly G, the Deep Teknologi crew and the whole Night Slugs/Numbers axis, DVA is rewriting house music with a tropical set of reference points that are fully pushing our buttons right now.