The very fertile relationship between the Fire Records roster and the shapeshifting Various Production outfit spits out another sparkling gem in the form of their Pumajaw collaboration on the outstanding 'Buds'. It may seem like we're getting a little sycophantic over Various releases, but when they consistently turn up head melting corkers like this it's hard not to get excited. 'Buds' takes source material from Scottish folk act Pumajaw's original composition, contained here on the B-side, a heady blend of rustic instrumentation ranging from an accordian to steel guitar and strings which is lovely in its own right, but in the hands of Various it becomes a far darker beast. The first thing you notice is the subtle alteration on Pinkie Maclure's vocals, burnishing them with a frayed emotional soul something akin to Antony, before concentrating on the Accordion line which manages to craftily sound at once like a sub-continental Sitar drone and a maudlin Celtic folk instrument wrapped around a post-timba r'n'b riddim. It's potently heady stuff that once again proves why Various are one of the most vital acts in the UK.