"Late night killer beats."
Dave Sumner and Hospital boss Dominick Fernow team up for a decidedly understated release. If you’re looking for the former Sandwell District member’s sub-sonic techno or Fernow’s raucous industrial, you may be disappointed with 'Games'. On the other hand, if you are a fan of either artist, chances are you have an open mind and the deep house, shimmering techno and the terse ambient passages that comprise this album, will resonate. Inspired by the eternal life pulses of New York and recorded in that city, it’s an excellent side project.
The first single to be released from his November scheduled album ‘Entropy’, ‘Problem’ is a calming, eclectic meld of genres. Grey in the most glorious sense of the tone, classy, soothing and accentuating brilliance in a low-key, unpretentious way. Drums march serenely forward, with power brought through by the contrasting, fast-paced vocal of Manchester’s Skittles. The mix of hip-hop, grime and drum & bass with the sultry, hedonistic air of toned down euphoria creates a vibe that will see the floor moshing like a synchronised army.
This is brooding Swamp 81-style broken beat bass music, 21-year-old Derbyshire producer Jack Mackmersh dropping booming bass, cool percussion and a pitched-down rap vocal refrain over complex, intelligent drum work on lead track 'Whip It', then following up with the equally darkcore-flavoured rudeboy alt-grime of 'Crater Face VIP'. This free EP on Bear Fresh seems to improve at every listen, a rare achievement.