The last time we saw the Multi-Function boss on Technique Recordings was as part of their definitive “Summer 2018” album. Levela’s “Tribal Funk” was one of the standout cuts, with its neo-classic blend of rolling beats, vibesy live instrument samples, and scything basslines. No surprise then, that the call-up to deliver his follow-up Technique release has come so quickly.
“Error” opens into an atmosphere of tension-building darkness. Increasingly discordant timbres swirl around warped percussive tones. An alarm call signals imminent danger. This is the sound of an underground black site laboratory where catastrophe is about to strike. And then it does. The explosive, reverberant, serrated-edged bassline that drops will have ravers begging for the reload, but you’re going to want to let this run to experience Levela’s glitched-up switch-ups in all their glory.
Then “Lurkers” continues the journey into the shadowlands. Metronomic heart-monitor bleeps and a seething undercurrent of approaching bassline danger set the mood in the intro. And then Levela drops us into a twisted and rhythmically unpredictable take on jump-up. Multiple offset patterns crunch against each other while the short controlled bursts of bassline drive the tune onwards. The result is distinctively experimental, without ever losing focus on the dancefloor.
For Levela’s first above-the-title release on Technique Recordings, he’s continued where he left off with “Tribal Funk”. This is dancefloor drum ‘n’ bass, weaving together threads from the jump-up tradition that’s become almost a scene unto itself over the last few years, the roller revival that’s seen crate-dug influences and classic breaks take centre stage, as well as a sinister edge of tech. And ravers from all corners of the scene are going to love it. I know we do.
This is an absolute stinker of a EP. It is sure to get you skankin in the clubs or the festival. With Levela’s signature sound combined with Technique Recording this album is just what the doctor ordered.