The first 12-inch, featuring "Black Rose," actually isn't a Source Direct track by name. It's taken from a 1996 12-inch under the alias Hokusai, one of the duo's many projects. The original is among the most nerve-wracking jungle tracks out there, built on eerie chords that drape the backdrop in unease (and hinting at the paranoia that would later grip the genre through artists like Ed Rush & Optical). Aside from the dextrous drum break, which somersaults into new shapes with every consecutive bar, the other elements are few and far between. Some cascading bird squawks, a vocal snippet and the sound of someone clomping down on a piano all add to the atmosphere, but otherwise it's a banner Source Direct track—minimalist yet thundering.
Blawan remixes "Black Rose," and he keeps that core tenet in mind. Straightforward and steely, it's in line with the techno producer's recent work, but like the original it never quite erupts, favouring gradual build and release instead. The little shards of Amen break that splinter off the kick drum add a bit of extra pizazz, making it one of the more charismatic tracks he's released in a while. The remix completes an excellent 12-inch that'll probably create Source Direct fans in addition to pleasing the diehards.