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In his first album since 2006, D&B pioneer Krust dials up the drama and tightens the screws on his swingeing step tekkers in a proper Afro-futurist epic
Weighing in at 1hr 30min long, and with tracks typically unafraid to run over 10 mins, ‘The Edge Of Reason’ is effectively a feature length, widescreen showcase for one of the UK’s pioneering Afro-futurists. Since the likes of 1997’s ‘Future Unknown’ and ‘Genetic Manipulation’, or his classic D&B album ‘Coded Language’ Krust has pushed the envelopes of D&B in his own image with typically longer track lengths allowing for deeper encrypted philosophy.
In 2020 he continues his mission with focussed, minimalist engineering and hypnotic traction, all layered with a more dramatic approach to string and synth arrangements, resulting uniquely tight spins on autonomic D&B torque and cinematic organ stabs in ‘Hegel Dialect’, the knife-edge tension of ’Negative Returns’, and a proper noirish Bristolian roller ‘Deep Fields Of Liars’.