Tracks come from Subwave, Definate, Trilo & Entita and Kusp feat SMB
A four-track sampler EP from Czech D&B label Authentic Records, who are just 17 releases old.
Subwave are up first with Mirror, a cut that's just a bit too busy to be filed under 'minimal' but a bit too dark to fit neatly into the box marked 'liquid funk'. Twitchy beats get the ball rolling (pun intended), joined after a minute or so by a dark, rumbling b-line and then by snatches of near-falsetto garage/R&B-style male vocal. Definate's Bunk Dub follows, which starts out in ambient/intelligent territory then brings the dark funk with guitar licks, barely-there female vocal fragments and a proper ass-shakin' wub-wub bassline.
Another atmospheric intro then leads us into Trilo & Entita's Caprice, which is Caprice by name, capricious by nature as it alternates dreamy, beatless passages with large dollops of dancefloor filth, before the EP's closed out by Subversion from Kust feat SMB, which marries a full rap vocal to fractured, off-kilter beats and a seriously gnarly bottom end.
The latter's arguably the most in line with current D&B trends, but for this reviewer it's Mirror that's the stone-cold killer here, with Bunk Dub not far behind. The EP as a whole, though, indicates that Authentic Music are a label worth keeping an ear out for.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 5 December (Beatport) / 19 December (general release)
Review Score: 8