Futureboogie Recordings shift into a different sonic landscape for their ninth release, welcoming up-and-coming Sweden based producer Crackazat to the fold with the beautifully balanced Tunnel EP - three tracks teeming with musical ideas, crossing dancefloor effervescence with mesmeric downbeat.
Ben Jacobs, aka Crackazat, is a multi instrumentalist, composer and producer with a background in jazz and live performance, recently supporting both Floating Points and Bonobo. Originally from Bristol, England, and now residing in Sweden, Crackazat explores a breadth of sounds and textures, warm and soothing and glistening with live acoustics alongside rippling electronics – from dense and intense to laid-back and groovy. Earlier this year Crackazat appeared on the ‘Futureboogie 10’ compilation with the gorgeous ‘Passagem’, and won over the heads with his elevating ‘Explanation EP’ on Astro:Dynamics.
Free track ‘Implication’ here
Title track ‘Tunnel’ literally burrows straight for the throat. It´s deep burbling electronic bassline is given menace by the subs, as hypnotic, cosmic melody interplays overhead - somewhat unexpectedly turning into a massive Detroitian techno slap round the chops, with punching synth stabs, buzzsaw bass hits, and soaring keys. Dare we say a softer, more melody observing take on the UR sound? Maybe, but we do definitely dare to say it´s a big gun for a techno left step dancefloor.
‘Book On The Beach’ reveals a love for samba beats, fusing traditional rhythms with lush electronic textures whilst final track ‘Panick Aggressive’ floats in on super sultry mood, rhythmic twinkling bells and humming bass. As the sweet guitar riff kicks in, the track takes hold with a summery fluid motion, heart-warming, soul soothing electronic fusion in a down-tempo groove.