Mefjus – Signalz
Label: CriticalScore: 8/10
After impressing with his tear out rework of Enei & Kasra’s moody yet brilliant So Real on the Critical X comp from last year, Austria’s Mefjus gets his proper chance to shine on Critical with his debut release for the label, Signalz.
Baring all the trademarks of his sound of late, Signalz is a rugged piece of neuro funk. Shuffling and stuttering percussion, digital bleeps and robotic voices are all thrown in to the mix here with its low warped bass notes. Throw in some serious edits and switches too and you’ve got yourself a record that is one uncompromising techy workout.
On the flip, label boss Kasra joins in the proceedings on Cypher. One for the bass lovers, Cypher keeps things on the tech tip as machine-like droning stabs and more of the signature Mefjus edit and drum work keeps things moving along. Again, it’s raw as you like neuro funk with the big bass to match and the tune I’ve been reloading on more than a few occasions.
More spot on A&R work from Kasra and a strong first outing on the label from Mefjus, Signalz and Cypher should help further cement the Austrian status as one of the new breed of producers to watch for in the forthcoming year.