Originally set up as an offshoot of Raiden’s Offkey imprint, Voodoo quickly built up a small but impressive back catalogue of deep beats. Glasgow’s Morphy has now been drafted in to co-run proceedings and the imprint’s fifth release shows him make his mark quickly.
The first in a serious of various artists EPs, Percussion Concussion Vol 1 is an impressive outing that shakes off the drum n bass stereotypes and delivers four slabs of quality bass driven electronica.
Opening things up is Morphy himself with “Black Velvet”, one of his finest works to date. Wrapping doomy atmospherics and an earworm of a sub bass hook around some jaw-droppingly good drums and a sea of dubbed out echoes.
Genotype steps up next, a producer probably known to most for his classic work on Renegade Hardware. In the past year or so he’s re-invented himself as a connoisseur of the deeper side of the genre and his “Ritual Dance” album on Exit was one of 2010’s finest.
On “Old Vinyl Dub” he rolls out the unnerving edge of his style and straps a shuffly break low to the mix to keep things moving under the waves of dubbyness.
New talent Ortokore is up next and while the track lacks the polish of Morphy and Genotype’s work, “Cannibal Dub” certainly marks him out as a name to watch and to be honest, kind of freaks me out.
To finish things off, Raiden steps up with some salsa-tinged beats. Packed to the brim with latin percussion and Cuban atmosphere, this one adds a little light to the darkness contained within the rest of the EP.
It’s a hugely impressive four tracker that ushers the label into it’s next era and will see Morphy develop the label beyond it’s drum n bass origins. Available now at Boomkat.