Following a substantial break from producing under his Blawan alias, Yorkshire techno baron Jamie Roberts is back with a remix of Source Direct’s Black Rose.
Blawan has twisted the seminal drum and bass duo’s original into a straight-up techno banger which Surgeon is already describing as his ‘tune of the year’. While sounding slightly less abrasive than Roberts’ work as Karenn, the rhythms employed and the sense of atmosphere remain the defining features of this track: the shuffling, loose tambourine and scratching sample dance over the omnipresent kick, giving the song a gritty, shuffling feel. Haunting pads and bleeps, muffled vocals and what sounds like a sample of seagulls finish off the track, making this ominous, thumping production sure to be a regular feature in dark basements for the foreseeable future.
– Ben Scott