Flame 2 - Dive / Rain - 12" Vinyl

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c0018984
UPC:
5055869593052

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Artist:
Flame 2
Album:
Dive / Rain
Format:
12" Vinyl
UPC:
5055869593052

Description

The Bug and Burial return as Flame 2, on The Bug's Pressure imprint. Following Flame 1's Fog/Shrine 12" on Pressure (2018).

Burial and The Bug's previous release found the two British artists luxuriating in one another's idiosyncratic sonic identities. Its two tracks, "Fog" and "Shrine," threw up few surprises, summoning dub-inflected ghosts underpinned by clanging industrial-charged percussion. Despite the pair sharing a lot in common—a fondness for hiss, murkiness and desolate atmospheres—pinpointing the origins of each element felt too easy. The Bug's monolithic dancehall was self-evident alongside Burial's complex, layered ambience.

Flame 2's "Dive" is enthralling because the pair's styles are so integrated it's impossible to tell who's doing what. The track begins with lo-fi crackle until submerged, irregular kicks are introduced alongside a haunting synth melody. One minute in, the track's floor gives way with a bassline that feels like it's plummeting into an ink-black ocean. Hi-hats skitter like tiny spiders, resulting in a thrilling, alien-sounding drop of deep-sea vastness. "Rain" is more predictable, recalling the duo's previous synthesis of stomping reggaeton and cascading noise—it would be a banger through a soundsystem. Still, there's the same intricacy and depth to the sound design as that found on "Dive," helping these tracks feel like artefacts from a distant, long-dead civilisation.
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