There’s no fucking around with Stazma The Junglechrist’s new EP, entitled “A Giant Skull Made of Guns” – a 5 track slab of breakbeat dissection and deliciously engineered aggression. With nothing straightforward about this at all, it deviates wildly and concisely between jungle, gabba, lurid acid lines and calm melodic interludes – at the same time both playful and serious. Stazma wears his influences on his sleeve, with the touch of Squarepusher shining unreservedly through the mangled beats and synthetic manipulation – and he shares both the gentle melodic elements as well as the more punishing recesses. “Noise & Acid” particularly does what it says on the tin – shifting quote unrelentingly between more gentle climes of breakbeat acid and tasty reeses and quite brutal noisecore.
It’s the title track that gets me though, with it’s dubbed-out snare oriented Hip-Hop, and distorted lead that still somehow manages to retain an air of its Reggae roots (still might be the snare that does that, but hey-ho), amongst some enticing squelch. I’m a sucker for tracks of this nature, slightly veering towards the epic – it’s definitely one you’ll be hearing in sets from MethLab crew.
“Gunshot” is also a winner in the ‘let’s fucking dance’ competition, with its unashamedly frenetic lashings of cut breaks, tied to the tastily layered synth elements. It’s balls-out motherfucking Gabba as it peaks… perfect to finish off the ravers.
released May 27, 2014
Everything by Stazma The Junglechrist
Track 5 : remixed by End.user
Released by Bankizz Records & Stazma The Junglechrist
supported by 41 fans who also own “A Giant Skull Made Of Guns”
This is arguably one of Julien's best releases, for me it's almost like the turning point for him. Sure, his prior LPs and EPs packed quite a punch but this release is remarkable in terms of production and overall feel. This short little EP captures plenty of emotion and presents the idea of Ruby My Dear perfectly -- this EP showcases the varying styles and techniques seen from Julien's breakcore project, it's a stellar release. aFriendlyBullet