Coming from Kasra’s label Critical, where quality control is always at the forefront, this is a pretty special release. The A side, Oblique, is one of those tracks that is so well crafted and yet so subtle that it has gained instant anthemic status, whilst still retaining enough minute detail and simplicity that it will not wear or become tiresome. Sparse, steppy 2 step beats pave the way through scarce orchestral pads and reverbed male vocals and effects, and then in comes a bassline so warm and lazy that it puts a Sunday morning to shame. A tune that will work on many levels, whether it be on the dancefloor, at home, or in a pair of good headphones this is seriously good music, let alone Drum and Bass.
The B side is home to St Clair, a minimal, techno influenced roller, resplendent with bleeps and beeps, which help to create an atmosphere based around the repetition of a hypnotic groove. With a brilliant bassline complete with squelchy tech accents, this is 4am fodder. Heads down, concentrate.
Out now in vinyl and digital formats.