2016 Aug 04     
2 Bit Thugs

Slime Recordings continue to push the envelope with this EP from the Scottish producer

Slime Recordings are without doubt one of the most forward-thinking labels operating in the garage arena right now, and this four-track EP from Scottish producer Blackboxx will do nothing to tarnish that reputation.

The EP kicks off with Slipstream itself, a haunting slice of 'future garage'-esque fare with a sweet high-pitched female vocal sitting atop sparse, steppy beats, hefty bass drops (tho' not in the tacky EDM sense, you understand) and chiming keys. Ghosted, which follows, sticks more closely to a late 90s/early 00s 2-step blueprint and sports R&B-style male vox, while Stronger twists up the vocal from Amy Winehouse's Stronger Than Me and underpins it with some dark, bassy squelch that's counterpointed by haunting, delicate synths. Rounding out the EP is Story Of The Eye, which drops the tempo considerably and takes us into Warp-ish glitch-hop territory.

Solid stuff all round, but Stronger and Slipstream are the standouts for yours truly.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 5 August



Review Score: 8




Tags: Blackboxx, Slime Recordings, garage, UKG, two-step, 2-step, future garage, Amy Winehouse