Ital Tek certainly doesn’t mess about. After the release of his second long player Midnight Colour earlier this month, he returns here with Moment In Blue. The title track, which is taken from the album, is the EP’s pivotal point, and is given a new lease of life for a wider audience. Continuing the vogue for synaesthetic terminology in the ever-evolving world of grime and dubstep, the Brighton based producer takes us across the post-dubstep landscape with a firm grasp on the funky, flowing elements and hollowed infrastructure that shapes much of his work.
The eponymous track of the EP gets the VIP treatment plus remixes from Hyperdub’s hottest, and latest, signing, Ikonika, as well as the (arguably) faultless Falty DL. Ikonika’s interpretation sees her signature melodic sound imparted on the original to great effect; think thumping bass, sweetly scented atmospherics and infectious groove. Falty DL, on the other hand, strips it all back to the bare essentials creating a soothing, pared down cut with laidback aplomb and decisive minimalism. Dividing the two remixes is “Crush Horizon”, with gently warping synth sounds, a buzzing b-line driving it along, with melodic flourishes and a smooth, polished feel. The aforementioned VIP version of “Moment In Blue” is a heavier, chunkier re-fix than the rest, focused primarily around the earth shattering, warping bassline and cavernous sub-bass, romping along like some subterranean wave of sound. Finishing up with the pulsating hip-hop tempo and click-clop-bleep pattern of “Infinity”, replete with anguished vocal snatches and smatterings of horns, it’s a mesmerising finale for the Moment In Blue.
Review: Belinda Rowse