G Jones & EPROM: Acid Disk 2 (Illusory, 2022)

May 24, 2022 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

G Jones & EPROM: Acid Disk 2

G Jones was entirely off my radar before I heard “A2C2I2D”, apparently an in-demand track from his recent live shows, when it was released as a single earlier this year. This was a rare instance when I had to instantly replay a song the first time I heard it because it was just too much to process at first. Distorted blown-out acid breaks at its filthiest, yet enough of a consistent groove that I can easily mix it in a Crush Collision set. This EP with EPROM (another well-known EDM type I haven’t really paid attention to) does further damage, going for a similar acid breaks hybrid, but taking it in so many other directions. EPROM’s “Facebang (Acid Mix)”, presumably a tribute to Bangface, starts out with an almost majestic intro before absolutely pummeling with brutal, pitched-down breakbeats. G Jones’ “On the Platform” has hi-tech acid synths similar to recent Squarepusher, and then it just rockets heavenward as an emotional d’n’b epic. The collaboration “Final Lap” is similarly teary, touching on trance and footwork before blasting off into an acid jungle climax. It… is… breathtaking. Easily one of the biggest surprises of the year for me.

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