LV have already impressed with their dub and roots-infused collaborations with vocalists Dandelion and Errol Bellot a few years back, but the London-based production trio have recently hinted at a darker dubstep direction. Their productions on 38 begin on a chirpily digital dancehall tip that echoes their earlier material, but by the time the sound of the London night segues into "Early Mob," crawling atmospheric minimalism is the order of the day, with Idehen's paranoid and aggressive ranting announcing a heavy rolling drop. At just under two minutes, the bouncy and bass-heavy tropical house of "Your Coat" may get less club use, but its cheeky portrayal of a wannabe gangster should raise a few smiles with people listening on headphones during their own commute.
On the flip, "Walk It" saunters along at a steady 91 BPM, with sliding jazzy synths and shuffling shakers. The EP ends on a dark note: "Face Of God" matches the pseudo-homeless Idehen with cavernous minimalist reverberations and an understated rocking bassline. Keysound owner Martin "Blackdown" Clark is obsessed with distilling a sense of the English capital into his label's output. With 38, he's managed to do it more overtly and successfully than ever before.