On ACEN 017 London producer hmurd joins the All Centre ranks following releases on TT & Cherche Encore.
Title track ‘Low Grade Plastics’ continues with the sparse landscapes and dizzying atmospheres explored in hmurds productions so far. Opening with spartan drum choices, heavy kicks and cantering hi-hats sit at the tracks core whilst heavily processed percussion and FX make fleeting appearances. With eight on beat snare drum repetitions the track descends into it’s main theme. An austere four note melody, with frenetic kicks firing off around it as a loosely anchored snare provides a woozy half time rhythm. As the track progresses further FX heighten the sense of tension building around the tracks core, with a single oscillating bass note providing a nod to the tracks dubstep influences.
B side ‘Beighton Champ’ takes a different slant to its counterpart. Rapid hi-hats and percussion signal the tracks beginning and create a rhythmic sense of security, before being dispelled as the track collapses into a series of erratic de-quantised percussion breaks. Suddenly the confusion is broken, melting away into familiar percussion patterns accompanied by an angular melody courtesy of hmurd collaborator Emile Frankel. The melody is suddenly broken by a rising granular sound which signals an abrupt switch to a straighter beat, with kicks, claps and breath sounds carrying the groove.
‘Low Grade Plastics’ is available across all platforms from the 5th of June.