Four Tet, Pearson Sound, SCB among artists featured on 'Think and Plus' comp, due out in February from Boddika's Nonplus label
Boddika and Joy Orbison spent 2012 turning out some of U.K. club music's most sought-after tracks on the vinyl-only SunkLo label; now they've got a date with destiny. "&Fate," the duo's latest collaboration, is due out on February 25 as a part of Think and Change, a new compilation on Boddika's Nonplus label. Judging from the four-minute preview just posted to SoundCloud, the two producers have further refined their particular brand of grudging, screw-faced endorphine rush.
A long intro piles loops upon loops, teasing the filters and tickling the synapses while steadfastly refusing any kind of release. Then, bam: The tune kicks off in earnest, with nervous triplet arpeggios throwing elbows over a jacking house groove, and a moody vocal sample adding just the right amount of warmth. It's no "Hyph Mngo" — it's likely that Orbison will never make another track that's quite so ebullient — but it's also a reassuring step back from the ahedonic abyss that characterized SunkLo's most forbidding fare. It's good to know that they can play nice every now and then — especially given the chilly extremes of the duo's "Mercy," a SunkLo standout that gets the VIP remix treatment for the comp. Judging from the sound of it, "VIP" in this case must stand for "vampire infidel predators," or possibly "vertigo-inducing panic." Just wait for the foghorn in the breakdown, and see if you, too, don't begin to go weak.
Think and Change comes out February 25 as a five-piece vinyl box set (also to be sold as individual 12-inches) accompanied by two additional "sampler" 12-inches of exclusive material. Artists featured on the comp include NonPlus regulars Lowtec, Kassem Mosse, Basic Soul Unit, Endian, and Instra:mental & dBridge, along with Four Tet, Pearson Sound, Martyn, and SCB (a.k.a. Scuba); special mention goes to Joy Orbison's solo contribution, which takes its po-faced title after the succinct style of blurbage favored by Berlin's Hard Wax record store: "Big Room Tech House Dj Tool – TIP!" We'll believe it when we hear it.