The Bulgarian maestro demonstrates on his ‘Cloud Generator’ EP he’s more than happy to defy expectations, a respite from the darker techno he’s so proficient at producing, though the closing breakbeat mix of ‘Pocket Piano’ is the most unexpected and memorable, a glorious rave throwback with enough sonic surprises to leave dancefloors breathless.
Mr Scrilla returns to OM Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label for the third time, delivering an EP of variety and deep, textured soul underpinned by his usual beats-orientated style. Don’t be expecting 'Helium' and 'Rigel7' to be busting the speakers in the rave any time soon though, leave that for ‘Jello’ the subaqueous beast full of pressurised bass, tin-pot percussion, and dungeonstep weight. Rounded off by the superb liquid drum funk of 'Free Flight' feat Om Unit.
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 soundsystem music — jungle, grime, dub, two-step, hip-hop, ragga — only to be driven through a particle collider to create absolute chaos. Brilliant.
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.