Once again, the Brazilian producer shows himself to be a master of dark funk
It's only a couple of months since his last release, Ukrainian Billy, picked up a glowing review on this website, but with this latest release, Brazilian producer Black Opps has done it again, blending the musical and the menacing to devastating effect.
Once more there are two tracks to choose from. We Will Remain is to these ears the stronger of the two, and hence represents a wise choice for the A-side, marrying as it does twitchy, minimal-leaning steppers' beats, fragile piano licks, bowel-churning bass and an almost garage-y, sweet-but-haunting "who should be hurt, will we remain?" female vocal loop. But the somewhat fiercer Pantanus on the flip, with its disorienting seagull (?) noises, growling sub-bass, hip-hop vocal snips and general dark, moody air is no slouch either, by any means.
With two great singles for the label under his belt in just over as many months, let's hope Plush sign Black Opps up for a full-length soon... this reviewer, for one, would relish such a prospect immensely.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 August
Review Score: 9