For the most part, shadowy duo Szare have thrived on tightly-coiled, ritualistic arrangements—deadly effective for leading listeners into mazes of tension, but perhaps less enthralling come peaktime. Recently, however, they've been exploring that latent energy. Their recent Frozen Border transmission "Uprising" is a floor-burner (for them), and these tracks for Deep Moves' fifth installment absolutely follow suit.
As usual, Szare don't spend a lot of time with melody, but no matter. These are much more than drum tracks, and their allure lies in how kinetic they manage to be. Opener "Moção" augments a surging groove with little rattles of organic percussion on the edges, while the slippery "Bellevue" charts a thrilling evolution through a sly maneuvering of hi-hats. Most surprising is "Vermelho," which breaks into an accordion-led rush of baile funk halfway through. Szare have never been shy about their fondness for global sounds, and the genre's thunderous, stepping bass drums fit remarkably well with their sound.
Bleak closes proceedings with a remix of "Bellevue" that solidifies his status as a Skudge acolyte, conforming the original's restless energy to a locked, stab-laden, rigidly off-balance groove. Technically Szare's restless configurations are quite broken, but they instinctively dip and swing like the most natural body music.
Tracklist: Szare - Our People Need Social Housing EPA1 Szare - MoÃ§Ã£o
A2 Szare - Bellevue
B1 Szare - Vermelho
B2 Szare - Bellevue (Bleak Remix)