Yet despite its trappings, 'Gridlock' is still a continuation of what came before. There’s a familiarity to its sound, harking back to what Bedrock was releasing ten years ago. On the epically proportioned Stereo Club Mix, rich synths flow warmly against a classic progressive house bassline reminiscent of 'Heaven Scent'. And while never really pushing the constraints of its framework, there’s enough depth and texture to keep it entertaining. The Stripped Down Mix on the flip is a tougher, darker take, with sci-fi bleeps and jagged, robotic effects replacing the orchestral layers of the Stereo Mix. It’s a more energetic mix, and it’s the one that will probably see the most club action.
While this release probably won’t take clubland by storm, it tides Diggers over until the next genre comes along, and reinforces his studio partner Nick Muir’s reputation for excellence.