Formerly the producer for London outfit Dedfires, Aupheus has been going solo for a few years now, laying out an identity as a sculptor of abstracted instrumental hip-hop and darkly hued beats. This latest EP for 2600 Recordings showcases eight sonic tales of break manipulation shot through with dusted samples and video nasty sensibilities, adding instrumental passages and sampled field recordings. It’s filmic, slo-motion sci-fi, with a more determined electronic vibe that’s closer to the likes of Bully Recordings than, say, Flying Lotus. Two tracks (“Insectoid” and “Frozen Surface”) also make the extremely limited 45 release – jump on it quick, quality like this doesn’t hang around.
4 Out Of 5
Reviewed By: Darren Wall