Do yourself a favour and steer well clear of the vocal cut of Michael Woods’ new single ‘Overflowing’, and head straight for the visceral dancefloor appeal that personifies the instrumental mix. A polished mix of electro and EDM, it’s the brute force of that bassline that cements it as a mainroom banger with enough brute power to wreck the joint. Executed with precision.
Sasha plays a classic bait-and-switch trick with ‘Ether’ by opening on a hefty note of techno, before evolving into a swirly progressive monster in the second half, the brittle sounds giving way to delicious cyclones of melody, demonstrating again he’s not afraid at the moment to go for the jugular. There are elements of a return to the euphoric sounds that defined his earlier years, without the danger of it feeling retrospective.
Being released on the anniversary of his untimely death, Hyperdub release the final EP from DJ Rashad’s production vaults, saving the best till last. ‘CCP2’ feat DJ Spinn sets the tone, a dope soul sample atop a rolling juke frame, followed by the huge vocal-led ‘Cause I Know U Feel’ which is as close as you get to a hands-in-the-air “last tune” with juke. The mood then switches with ‘Taso’ and ‘Do Not Fuck’. The former gets hyper trappy, whilst the latter is an intense footwork beat excursion drenched in paranoia.
Whilst many producers have tried (and failed) to really provide a suitable platform for the Ragga Twins over the years, Double Helix has finally come along and produced something so cracked out, mutant and leftfield yardstyle as to fit their unique flow. It’s Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole of the darkest UK sound system music – jungle, grime, dub, 2 step, hip hop, ragga – only to be driven through a particle collider to create absolute chaos. Brilliant.