London’s Nurtured Beatz return with another wicked set of underground beats, and this time it’s the Kolectiv production trio on the buttons. Consisting of label co-founder Kalm alongside fellow heads Carera and Keza, Kolectiv have moved from strength to strength over the past two years with releases on Dispatch LTD, Vandal Records & Diffrent Music and the ‘Influences’ EP finds them on rude form.
‘My Right’ kicks things off with dubby tones, lilting brass notes, and some tripped out reggae sampling to provide easily the EP’s deepest cut. Intricate percussion and great use of space in the mix make for an eerie, slouching composition that fans of less dancefloor oriented D&B are sure to enjoy. Italian producer Mauoq gets involved for the first of the release’s collaborative cuts, ‘Life Forever’. This one keeps the vibes moody but ups the ante with a crisp, rolling break and punchy sub.
‘Straight To The Ground’ keeps things moving swiftly with another sharp, minimalistic tech roller; dark bass growls, precision impact drums and sparse atmospherics contrast with a strangely catchy vocal line for an intriguing and memorable outing. Brazilian duo Jam Thieves spar with Kolectiv on the ominously titled ‘Accidental Side Effects’, but far from sounding addled by prescription medication this one stomps along at some pace! Squelching bass hits and a classic 2-step break give this an irresistible groove.
Last but by no means least, Flexout’s Tom Retraflex joins the Kolectiv team for a studio tag-team brawl on ‘General Dub’. Fusing tribal halftime with dark jungle break workouts, this one is pure threat from start to finish. Alongside the usual digital release, the ‘Influences’ EP will be available on strictly limited USB stick featuring five extra tracks available nowhere else. Move fast if you want to lay hands on these beats.
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