Since bursting onto the scene in 2011 on such esteemed labels as Ram and even on Goldie’s Fabric Live 58 album, Xtrah has been setting speakers ablaze across the land. With his music being dropped by the likes of Kasra, Hype, Friction and Andy C it isn’t surprising he’s ended up here at camp Critical’s Modulations imprint with what’s without doubt another major step in the career of the young Londoner.
Teaming up with MC Codebreaker for ‘Set The Levels’, Xtrah brings the lights down low for a creeping piece of hi-fi future funk. Cinematic soundscapes draw us into the intro as the crunching break drives on with Codebreaker’s low slung lyrical flows running over the top of deep sub and jerking mid-range flourishes. Expertly executed for another quality slice of Modulations music.
As we move on ‘Regain Control’ aims to take us back into some proper break and bass territory with incredible vibes reminiscent of earlier Bristol beats. A squelching b-line, drifting pads and heavily fat syncopated drums that roll out in fine fashion to the end.