Commix – Generation EP 2 [Metalheadz]

Watching artists continue to grow after more than a decade in the scene is a rare pleasure; so many solid creative musicians either fall into a comfortable stylistic groove or disappear for real life or other genres of music. Indeed, it must have been tempting for George Levins to leave the Commix project behind with the departure of longtime production partner Guy Brewer and the success of his lower tempo Endian alias. With that in mind it’s even more of an achievement for Commix to still be here, releasing some of his best music yet no less.

The second part of the Generation EP series for ‘headz sees George delving deeper into the rejuvenated project, with Freefall opening things up with an entirely unhuried, atmospheric slice of D&B; the tempo might be high but the energy levels are definitely kept on the down-low here as the track shimmers effortlessly along. One for the 5am crew!

Honey ups the ante, keeping the soft synth action but melding it together with hard, chopped amens for a track that plants one foot on the dancefloor while keeping the other firmly in introspective territory. A classic Commix roller of yesteryear this is definitely not, but this EP is all about progression rather than regression.

The back half of the selection sees the tempo dip and the vibes becoming more experimental, from the dark, tribal riddims of Behold out into the hypnotic, Aphex Twin-style downtempo of Arplong – this one is just about the lushest track we’ve heard this year. Another top EP from a producer we hope will be brightening the scene for another decade or two yet! Check out the clips below and hit up the Metalheadz store to grab a copy right now.

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Commix – Dusted LP [Metalheadz]

Commix - Dusted LP

It’s been 5 years since Commix released their debut album Call to Mind on Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, to much critical acclaim. Since then the Cambridge duo have had a slew of singles and compilation appearances (including the long awaited release of Icicle collab Ultra Clean on Shogun Audio’s Way of the Warrior LP last year).

Ahead of their second LP proper (due for release later in the year) the boys have kindly restored a bunch of old tracks and collected them for release as Dusted. Despite being picked from the archives the quality remains tip top. Opener Audience is a clever mix of moody half-step and old school jungle drum lines, while Envious brings out a menacing low end reese bassline and an insitent rhythm.

The LP has a good mixture of sub heavy dancefloor belters like I Have You and more soulful numbers like Time has Come. The highlight for me has to be Untitled Sept 06, a masterwork of helter skelter drum patterns, soft pads and echoing piano.

Check out previews of the whole album below, and watch out for the release on Metalheadz on Mar 5th.