Boomkat Product Review:
Hot on the heels of his awesome 12" for Samurai Horo, Kiwi anomaly FIS drops six killer tracks of gravelly D&B and dark garage torque for the Exit label. Combining the voodoo drum intensity of early Shackleton with the brutalist sound design of G.H. or Andy Stott and atmospheres redolent of classic Burial, FIS has convened upon a sound that ticks all the right boxes in our mind. It's found a good home on dBridge's outwardly experimental imprint, too, free to veer between the gutter garage rollige of 'Club Track' to the visceral, corrugated ruffige of 'Wiseman' via the roiling, concentrated duppy twist of 'We Cross Tracks' and the shuddering lurch of 'Common Man'. But the highlight, for us at least, is no doubt 'Patupaiarehe' - a Maori word referring to "pale spirit beings that live deep in forests and mountaintops in New Zealand, and are sometimes hostile to humans" - which belies his darkest D&B instincts, manifesting tribal drums, strafing spirit voices and mournful chords in chilling form. Highly recommended!