Sasha plays a classic bait-and-switch trick with ‘Ether’ by opening on a hefty note of techno, before evolving into a swirly progressive monster in the second half, the brittle sounds giving way to delicious cyclones of melody, demonstrating again he’s not afraid at the moment to go for the jugular. There are elements of a return to the euphoric sounds that defined his earlier years, without the danger of it feeling retrospective.
Combining an old skool break with a dark, reverberating industrial sound and a biology lesson about tinnitus, ‘Collecting Dust’ is an ominous monster of a track. Pounding bass and a tumbling drum make this the most enjoyable science class you've ever had.
The third longplayer from Silkie is as hyperreal and technicolour in its gangsta boogie characteristics as ever. Boy, this guy can really play! If ever there was an antidote to the bleaker qualities of dubstep and associated genres, this tapestry of melody, pitch and tone is it. Too many great tracks to mention, but check the euphoric ‘Limits’, the on-trend and suitably named ‘Entrapment’, the minor qualities of ‘Majik’ and the cheeky 'Love Affair'.
Do yourself a favour and steer well clear of the vocal cut of Michael Woods’ new single ‘Overflowing’, and head straight for the visceral dancefloor appeal that personifies the instrumental mix. A polished mix of electro and EDM, it’s the brute force of that bassline that cements it as a mainroom banger with enough brute power to wreck the joint. Executed with precision.