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White Noise: Dark Sky - Confunktion

Monday, 25 March 2013

Dark Sky - Confunktion

Label: Tectonic

Prolific UK trio Dark Sky are ceaseless shapeshifters, and now they've found a suitable new home on Tectonic, an imprint known for pushing the lowest frequencies and the toughest flexes. The group follow up their superb, moody Myriam EP for 50Weapons and a slightly less exciting Breach collaboration with a return to the 'floor proper, with another release that twins dark dancefloor know-how with their typically exquisite sound design. A-side Confunktion is the club monster here, shrouding its kicks and descending toms in misty scifi synthwork before the deadly emergence of a venomous bassline that’s sure to shake up the club. The trio have always excelled at combining elements of garage, dubstep, bass and grime in their crisp, spare style, and Confunktion is a prime example: just listen to the detailed atmospheric tics or the cheeky filtered drum loop that sends anticipation sky-high for the second drop.


For an outfit so accustomed to nocturnal flavours, Dark Sky have always had a tendency to let loose and get a bit silly on their B-sides, a habit which has previously resulted in intoxicating percussive oddities such as Tremmor or Gaddagive. Double U continues the tradition, where tuned toms run giddy circles around epileptic percussion and a firm kick that keeps the frictionless array anchored to the ‘floor. There’s nothing unexpected from Dark Sky here, but with a killer club track and a new addition to their wackier vault, it’s another top-quality addition to an already formidable catalogue.


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