Former Commix man Saikon comes to Future Retro
Formerly a founding member of Commix, here Saikon (AKA Conrad Whittle) serves up an absolute belter of a four-tracker for Spearhead's sister label Future Retro Records.
It's a pleasingly varied affair, too. Haunting liquid cut Want My People opens proceedings, starting with chiming keys, delicate percussion and scratching sounds, then busting out the rolling beats, menacing bassline and treated "if you want me" vox. Proving Unprovability itself follows, which is slightly lighter in touch with a jazz-wise bassline, before the pacier Shuttle takes us down a considerably darker path. The EP's then closed out by Universal Pleasure, an energetic stepper that to these ears has something of a classic Urban Takeover feel in the bass department.
If you like your drum & bass on the deeper, more melodic side without it getting all light and fluffy, this EP is one to check for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 13 July
Review Score: 8