This latest from Bristol’s Dark Arts Club concocts an intriguing brew of the weird, wild and wonderful all in one go. Listening to the title track gives you that strange sense of being somewhere else reliving a dream, yet propels you hard and fast into tomorrow by its force of will. Maybe that’s down to the rush of sheer energy that courses throughout the arrangement raising expectation and emotions via the strident keys and their accompanying sense of musicality pointing to a time past, coupled with the melodic tease of vocals repeating. Label head SEFF then remixes the elements into a fully-fledged, big and bouncing take on nineties styled sounds with his nod to Rave on the 98 Rework. Remaining numbers Open The Box and Day & Night again play with history, although I’m not quite sure if that’s about reviving the dream or trying to make a new one.
What I love here is that this says it all. It’s a mad, crazy combination of ideas that all at once fuel the psyche with excitement and the need to play at full volume. At first the furious basslines and chiming keys may seem like that’s all there is but behind all that bumping intensity is a rich array of possibilities rushing forward from hot breakbeats to heavenly vocal ambience. This is an excellent, forward-thinking production. And you’re going to love it. Next is Burnski’s new alias James Solace who takes a breath while highlighting and then transforming Needle To The Groove into a more progressive, cosmically charged epic. What more could you ask for?