v/a: Gradients Volume 2 3xLP (Astrophonica, 2018)

January 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Gradients Volume 2 3xLP

More ~160-BPM hybrid bass futurism from Fracture & Neptune’s label. The duo throw Bollywood into the jungle-garage mix with their “Chal Dub”. Teklife’s Taso also teams up with Fracture, combining US and UK future bass styles. BSN Posse’s track is relatively mellow, but then there’s the ferocious bass conquering of Moresounds’ “Shut Up”. FaltyDL’s “A Day at the Races” is one of the more faithful hardcore jungle tracks here. Proc Fiskal’s “Soundwise” demonstrates that his take on jungle is equally bizarre and unconventional as his vision of grime. Dream Continuum (Om Unit and Machinedrum) make an unexpected, welcome return, and OnHell & Sigrah’s “On Sight” storms out of nowhere and ends up being one of the best tracks on the comp. Sully’s “Qualia” shuts everything down with an overload of both intelligence and emotion.

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