Funckarma - Smizm EP - Djak-Up-Bitch (EU) 12''
Fresh from their awesome Shadow Huntaz session for Skam, the Funcken brothers return to the DUB imprint with a brilliant 4-tracker of warm, dark, intricate midnight electronics. "Smizm" is far less dense and murky than a lot of recent Funckarma material - the production here focusing on a crisp clarity of sound and bass modulation that imbues proceedings with a more cinemascopic feel. "Spunge" offsets the intense beat intricacies with a reactive, almost Detroit-like use of strings, a contrast that works well in building form and structure around melodies that are designed to evoke an intense emotional response. It's a trick that's honed even better on "Fuse" through a seeming discrepancy between the perceived fast tempo and the unusual, hip-hop paced beats. The track seems to operate at two different speeds - both deploying killer variations of the crunch in divine style. "Holdgaze", however, is the standout track - a brilliantly paced slow-burner that shows off its vast array of percussive ingenuity with patience before that unspeakingly sick appregiated acid bassline comes in to wipe away all in its way clean.