This isn't a massive problem on Data Bass, released by the Red Eye Records-related Fresh 86. If anything, the record gets a new shot of energy through association: the label was first active in the mid-'90s, releasing the sort of jungle records Filter Dread presumably worships. Ideas from the era figure strongly. "Flat Bass" and "Dream Data"'s warped basslines and lumbering backbeats suggest jungle-hardcore slowed to a comedy bounce. The former is peppered with shrill whistle samples to heighten the rave vibe. On "Data Pulse," thin breakbeats pinball through a maze of bleepy percussion samples. The thing can never quite get going, repeatedly stuttering to a halt over a throbbing one-note bassline.
The EP's other major touchpoint is grime: the spacey "Panic Attacks" and the cone-crinkling "Data Bass" owe something to the style's Meccano-like arrangements. But Filter Dread returns to jungle for the EP's strongest—or at least strangest—track. "Good Lookin" makes a hobnailed house stomp out of an Amen break, spewing thick clods of delay as it goes.