Ravey, defiant and pissed off - the latest release through Crosstown Rebels offshoot Rebellion starts cleanly, a straight-forward four-four based rhythm but it gently descends into something much angrier over the duration of three original tracks. Jannis Siopis, then as Silversurfer, was the first artist to ever see a release on Crosstown Rebels so it's appropriate that under his new name he returns to the house where it started.
These days Siopis' sound has taken a darker, funkier sound. A-side Masterplan, is built out of a solid electronic groove combined with atmospheric synths and a series of mechical sounding effects. With a pace that's slow and contemplative it eases the listener into the EP.
Buy Underground is violent and aggressive - distorted drum rolls, synth stabs and a hypnotic melody carve out a big room modern rave record that still packs some range, with a big drop partway through.
The release closes with House of Mouse, a collaboration with Mz Sunday Luv & Bootslap that feels like hip house via trip house. Expect plenty of low-end wobble, some dark male / female vocal interplay and heavy drums in a slow groover.
Master Plan is out tomorrow through Rebellion.