SBTRKT & Sampha


Another week, another great Ramp Recordings release. Again the label seems intent on charting the brave new forms kicked out when fallible humans mould icey electronic spasms into ticks and gluts of seriously funky low end theory. Break Off centres round a tightly coiled UKG shuffle and an elastic bass line that springs, swivels and morphs. Appropriately a vocal implores I need a way to break off as the constituents of the track try to bust free of each other, beats blipping into crafty little electro gremlins and synths washing up with a sudden sharp clarity, before breaking back down to the depths. I can only assume SBTRKT hates sunshine as the amount of big hitters he’s been rolling out recently kinda suggests he’s not a big one for getting out of the studio. Still his selfless abandonment of a watery British suntan is our gain, and this hook up with rising star Sampha is another smash in an increasingly vital catalogue.

Sbtrkt & Sampha – Break Off (clip) by crl


Ian Mcquaid