This Visionist mix is the one. Really feels like he’s picked up where the Hyperdub compilation left off in 2009, when grime, dubstep and funky were all winding to each other, before the whole “UK Bass”/808 thing got real concrete.
This feels sharp and UK; synthy while still being grimy, house tempo but still rhythmically complex. Its rough and abrasive but there are beautiful edges, real fem pressure, running through it (that MssngNo Brandy remix!), and it really feels like he’s tying the different strands of the UK together in a way that hasn’t really happened for awhile. So much of what I’ve loved from the last few years turns up here. R’n’b diva mashups, 130bpm battle flex and edged out vocal clips battle OG grime bruk outs and b-line strikes. There’s no big room hype tunes, no trap, he’s just got a sound and he’s pushing things fwd.