A Break From Ritual (Warm Communications Vinyl)
title:a break from ritual
style:drum n bass
mako's 'a break from ritual' is a heavy-footed drum rush that has no confusion about its namesake. apaches, amens and think breaks clatter seamlessly overtop a crushing two-step kick/snare darkly worshipping photek's classic modus operandi track 'smoke rings.' heavier and unshy about his equally informed nods to noughties neurofunk, mako does not mean to disappoint a single dance-floor with this one.
borrowing a line from billie holiday, the homage continues as mako's 'what a little moonlight can do' builds its dusky rhythm section from layered sixteenths, loads of chunky 1-2-3 percussion, and long, long reverb tails. some of the a-side's blue-chord high-passed pad sounds return, for a brief moment, taking us back to a smoke-filled barroom in the the 1930s-at least as far back as drum & bass can go. don't miss it.