The third album from Breakbeat stalwart Future Funk Squad, Darker Days, drops May 12th digitally everywhere. (Pre-order HERE) The cinematic-breaks hybrid long player is a modern day breakbeat masterpiece and really shows his production skills, writing prowess and dance music knowledge to the maximum.
Today we can bring you an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD of one of the tracks written in the recording sessions for the album, ‘The Fortress’. Read through our review and interview to grab your download at the bottom of the page.
The twelve track album kicks off in fine style with the haunting, string laden soundscape of ‘The Hunted’. Imagine a grungey/breakbeat/rock version of the exorcist theme and your somewhere close. This leads perfectly into the first of many collaborations on the LP, ‘The Rattlesnake’ featuring Mechanical Pressure. This time that grungey bass sound gets melded with acidic synth lines and epic stabs, with some very handy animal safety knowledge, to provide the first big dancefloor track.
Track three ‘Rat Race’ sees long time guest vocalist Mojo return with his unique vocal flow at the forefront. The tempo drops a touch for the next track ‘Tactics’ featuring Wrexx but the funk levels are increased 100%. A big, squelchy electro funk bassline drives the track, with snappy drums and tech fueled lead lines taking the tune into unstoppable body moving territory. Definitely one of the standouts!
Next up the title track, Darker Days, which takes the listener on a darker trip, as expected really. Starting off like a scene from the Walking Dead before industrial drums slap you around the face and finely tuned strings and pad atmospherics combine to take you into horror movie perfection. Just watch out for the fierce, distorted synth at the end.
Nine Errors, track six, is a tasty little electro number leading us into the collaboration with Karl Sav ‘Monologue’. Karl has really been making some waves recently with his outstanding productions and here we see him pair up with FFS with an inevitably awesome outcome. A fairly light track but one that has so much depth to it. A perfect track for those sunrise moments.
‘Soundwaves’ sees FFS get all glitched out, electronica on us taking us onto track nine ‘Cold Matter’ alongside Refracture. Refracture is another breaks artist whose productions are shining through at the moment and this collab is probably the most dancefloor orientated track on the album with its huge, chunky bassline, electric chirps and hard hitting beats.
Number ten hits us and we have another collaboration track, this time with Slighter taking up co-production duties on ‘Disease’, a fast paced, techno-breaks rock out. ‘Past Tense’ drops the tempo again into a groovy, trip hop vibe which leads into the fairly low key vibes of album finale ‘The Colony’
All in all an outstanding long player which will no doubt be in the running for Best Album at next years Breakspoll awards.
I caught up with Glen to delve a little deeper… (more…)