Sabre, Stray & Halogenix – Oblique / St. Clair – CRIT061 (Critical Music)
Critical Music are awesome, pretty much the brightest bulb in the dnb scene at the moment. With a slate of fantastic releases last year and a great start to 2012 with some incredible stuff on sister label Modulations, these guys never fail to get me excited. Heres the press release:
“A dreamteam collaboration to start off Critical’s 2012 season from the hugely lauded Sabre, who returns after a long break since his astonishing debut album of 2010, Stray and Halogenix. The perfect antidote to soothe us out of those January blues, simply gorgeous. ‘Oblique’ kicks off with a delicate but tough break that cuts through the mix as gentle pads wash over the soundscape to a breakdown that oozes class and a deft touch. Smooth keys then drop, light strings and the arrival of a deep soul vocal that carries us through into amidst of aural ear-pleasing. Subtle to the end this is a serious piece of music; reach for yourheadphones and drift away.The trio get a little harder on the flipside with ‘St. Clair’, a track that toys on the tech-step tip for a slice of glitchy D&B naughtiness. A sprinkle of vocal cuts and blip FX joined by some polished bass make for a peak-time floor filler perfect to get any club bouncing. Also included is a truly sumptuous downbeat remix of ‘Oblique’ from Manchester’s Synkro, a name fast becoming synonymous with the very best in bass music. Critical coming on strong as always for the new year. Keep ‘em peeled.”
My fave has to be St. Clair, a proper nice techy roller to get your funk on. Another bag on sight release!
Get Listening, get it pre-ordered: http://www.surus.co.uk/critical-music/oblique-16262.aspx
Update: A little teaser from Critical.