Boomkat Product Review:
Musik Krause regular Ian Simmonds returns with three new tracks to get his 2008 underway, and the chasm-like low-end depth of 'Roots' with its slow dub production is a particularly good place to start. Some might find the vocal extraneous, but it doesn't detract from the atmospheric, faintly jazzy feel conjured by Simmonds' skilful programming. Next up, 'Nikki' is finely chopped sampled percussion workout, which some might feel is slightly hindered by the strangely unsettling watery snare sound. It just sounds ever so slightly like someone throwing up, and it happens three times every couple of bars. Fortunately, as the track progresses more and more elements pile up, creating a powerhouse of tribal sounding drum edits and gritty bass runs. To finish, Simmonds drops the impressive title track, once again steeped in jazz thanks to some classy guitar licks and loosened up, detailed percussive programming. In its final stretch the track seems to solidify, acquiring a heavier beat and more focused, melodic instrumentation. Good stuff.