Release date: 29th June 2015
Danny Scrilla returns to Cosmic Bridge!
The label that introduced him to the world with his stunning ‘Flash Powder’ EP in 2012 now gives you his ‘True Sight’ EP. Including a collaboration with label boss Om Unit, drawing on the hardcore continuum and regression in modernist music True Sight’s soul-infused electronics and vintage sound should prove future-proof for the elusive soundboy.
Arriving on the crest of footwork’s rhythmic experiments exploiting slowfast halftime tempos Scrilla’s sound is hard to pin down, Dub and Soundsystem culture influence heavily, a legacy of his early work with Reggae and Dancehall sound system “Rise and Shine”, but as True Sight highlights again Scrilla resists categorisation. Dark, Moody and Energetic and with a crucial balance of dread, romance, sci-fi imagineering, eyes down spirit and heart-rushing rhythms this record will appeal to fans of Instrumental Hiphop, Liquid DnB, ‘06 OG Dubstep’s dark sparse sounds, Jungle, House and left-field Techno.
While Helium might be the strongest sonic connection to Scrilla’s past releases, it cuts it’s own path. A stark rumbling low end tickler it’s house fired off dubwise; switching detuned sidechain pads with a gorgeous rolling organ bassline, soulful female vox and slapping drums for some heads down stepping introspection. The ear-kissing dreamy cybersoul of Rigel7 shows a different side to Scrilla; Smokey instrumental hip-hop, classic Mo’wax downbeat moodiness, bittersweet jazz and brilliant pensive piano work are counterpointed by complex dynamics and warm rich sub-bass suggesting once again that hip-hop and dubstep might be closer cousins than is usually admitted. Jello’s spacious heavyweight ruffage is built fortowering stacks and pitch-black rooms. A Prince Far-I vocal sample underlines the strong dub influence. and an off-grid sidestick percussion pattern breaks up the halfstep beat making for some twisted swaying dungeon vibes. Wrapping things up Om Unit gets in on the action with the aerobic noirish drumfunk of Free Flight and you can immediately hear the label bosses influence! Liquid and impressionistic nocturnal breakbeat geometries are anchored by darker, meaner bass and ruff sub pressure. When these two put their heads together few can test! [ check their previous form with Hunch (Flash PowderEP) // Gentrification (Cosmology LP) ].
Previously based in both Berlin and London, Danny Scrilla is now residing in Munich. Highlights from his Cosmic Bridge hiatus include releases on Civil Music, Rudimentary Records, appearing (three times) on Cosmic Bridge’s DJ Mag nominated compilation of the year ‘Cosmology’ regular appearances on NTS Radio, mixes for Electronic Beats, Big Up Magazine, remixes for Reso and LV and being championed at the BBC by Toddla T and David Rodigan amongst others.
a1. Danny Scrilla - Helium
a2. Danny Scrilla - Rigel7
b1. Danny Scrilla - Jello
b2. Danny Scrilla - Free Flight (Feat. Om Unit)