The Maghreban returns to R&S for a new single following his
debut album 01DEAS with a wicked 3 track EP exploring an icier sound.
Monster VIP is a reworking of a double time rap track from The Maghreban's Strange U side project; he added breaks and rolled it out. End level bosses lurk. Beware of the monster. Rave navel-gazing back to his roots: his first ever release was a jungle 12” in 1994. Early support from Ben UFO.
On the flip, Batu (Timedance/XL) offers up crisp percussion and ominous sound design in his energetic 140 remix of album opener “Eddies”.
Then the EP is closes out with “Carpet Bombing”, the title of which references the producer adding more and more notes to the main percussive motif as it builds and builds.
This is rather difficult to describe. It's pretty minimalist with a strong focus on the drumming patterns, yet these are rather gentle and not aggressive. The more the listener progress through the tracks, some melodies start to come in smoothing a bit the edges. I'd recommend listening from beginning to end in one go to get the full scope of this EP. Thibaut Devigne