Facta - "Alsatian (Beneath Remix)" (Bloc 2015)
At this point in time, it is almost impossible to believe that less than a year ago, I was slagging off the productions of Mistry Muzik and No Symbols badman Beneath. Don't get me wrong, I had already started coming around well over a year ago when I became cognizant of the fact that's he's a stellar A&R operator, adept at both identifying future elite bass bobblers (Laksa, Gaunt, Webstarr, and Kailin have all had their debuts on the label and those records fucking rule). But much like Tessela, I just wasn't feeling much coming out of the UK during post-dubstep's dying days in 2012 and 2013 and the tracks of his and Ben's I did hear failed to register (though now I am in total thrall of the material I once snubbed).
So anyway, I'm in the process of moving house and somehow that process sidewinded its way into deleting a shitload of music off of my computer as I really don't tend to listen to MP3's (not dissing em, just is how it tends to pan out). Though I was familiar with most of Facta's output--another early para-step artist who didn't dazzle me at first and now I rate hard--his release for the short-lived Bloc Weekend-run Bloc records was one I'd only listened to maybe once, and not closely. And while I would play both title track "Alsatian" and especially B-side "Scotch Mist," it was the Beneath remix that really caught my ear. An artist who can go black metal degrees of heavy with recent tracks like "Lifted"--included in this mix o' mine--his music finally clicked with me in a major way with the post-Livity hover bass of "Special Offer," released on Mistry earlier this year. Having fallen hard for the stylistic outlier of horror-stepper "Seeus" last year, it was upon clicking on his remix for Facta that I realized of the artist's many modes, I'm most drawn to his more lowkey stalkers.
Will actually write a bit more in terms of song analysis, but as this was my break from moving, time to get back to packing. Fun fun.