Beneath – Strike A Pose/Bellz – Niche N Bump NNB02 – Forthcoming May
Crazylegs Bristol 4th May
Oscillate Wildly 4th May
Fabric, London 21st June
Beneath – Illusions EP – [Keysound] – After a brace of instant-classic white label drops on his own No Symbols imprint, Beneath graduates to Keysound with an EP of ice-cold post-UKF murderers. Rhythmically, ‘Prangin”s broken techno flex feels entirely of the moment, but you can detect something of the dark rollage of early Krust productions in there too; it’s all arranged with a simplicity designed to come at you hard even over the weakest pirate signal, a shot of pure poison straight to soundboy head. ‘Blonde’ and ‘Tribulations’ are heavier on the snake-hipped soca syncopations, but nonetheless still infused with a sense of the deepest dread, while ‘Wonz’ is quality avant-garage, atonal piano and synth strains jostling over a nicely greased, El-B-style riddim, and ‘Illusions”s jagged snares, woodblock accents and desolate atmospherics put us in mind of Loefah’s earliest and best productions.
Beneath – Duty / Texers [Tectonic] – Beneath brings his murky dubstep and Funky hybrids to Tectonic in heavy style. ‘Duty’ sets up for the stagger and waggle crew with loose drums offsetting old skool Loefah-style subs and plangent synth shapes that open and envelope an uncoiling, industrial-strength steppers’ groove. ‘Texers’ flexes out on a badboy rollers tip; elliptical bass and hardbody snares synch under darkside Ed Rush-style synthlines and a chirping early ’00s grime hook that’s got us by the balls.