Sinistarr - Succubus by Ink ][ Architecture published on 2014/03/21 18:58:21 +0000 DJ Ink's Architecture imprint continues to shine as beacon for forward thinking contemporary Drum & Bass. Next up on the label is the XIII EP from American producer Sinistarr. 4 tracks which effortlessly combine new sounds and drum experimentation without giving away any of its heads down dance floor effectiveness. "Riff 2" feat Tim Reaper brings together an 808 based Juke drum bed with a quirky electric organ riff, Bukem-esque ambiance washes and Jungle bass tones. On "Succubus" Sinistarr takes things in a darker more sinister direction, laying loose Jungle breaks, off kilter bleeps and a breathy "I Need U" vocal over deep , pulsing bass stabs, evoking sonic memories of Jonny L 's late 90's output. Lead track "XIII" goes straight for the jugular with Hardcore stabs, mentasm streaks and pummeling bass over a skittering, punching drum bed. 303 riffs and helicopter breaks come in mid way to complete the future-retro journey. Excellent! Rounding out the EP, Sinistarr channels his Studio Drum influence layering Bristol style beats and rolling bass with a reversing rare groove sample, but freshening up the pallet with more Juke influenced 808 drum work. Equally at home on a Bryan G mix tape from 1996, or a Machine Drum Boiler room set from last week. "The XII EP" reintroduces Sinistarr as an exciting production talent in Drum & Bass bringing fresh ideas to the table, and makes a stunning addition to Architectures already stellar discography.