2019 Jan 20     
2 Bit Thugs

Cannes-based producer Gunston drops a killer four-track EP

This is only the 16th release from French D&B label Hyperactivity Music and, I'll be honest, the first to come my way. But if it's all gonna be as good as this, I'm definitely keen to hear more.

Blending minimal and liquid influences, the Cargaison EP should resonate with anyone who likes their D&B from the deeper end of the spectrum. Up first is Something, a melodic, liquid-style jam with soulful male vox that never gets too light and fluffy, thanks in large part to a positively rude snarling b-line. The title track, which follows, is a dark, minimal cut composed of a furious breakbeat, a down 'n' dirty bassline that may well cause structural damage if you play it loud enough and various warping synths that weave in and out. Next comes Mox Plot, which is in a similar vein but a little lighter on its feet and augmented by an array of FX, including what sound like water droplets and tinkling crystal, before finally the more glitchy and experimental Trunc closes out the EP.

The title track just edges it for me, but it's a close call because this is high quality tackle throughout.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 18 January



Review Score: 9




Tags: Gunston, Hyperactivity Music, D&B, DnB, drum & bass, drum n bass, liquid, minimal