Sempra – Red Eye [La bonne musique]

Bristol-based Draconian Audio honcho and LBM resident Sempra delivers yet another outstanding release to upstart London collective La bonne musique. Since his popular ‘Breakbeats and Heartache’ EP on the label, he’s gone on to release on the legendary Future Classic imprint as well as Coco Bryce’s Myor. Now, he continues his onslaught of jungle and garage-fueled tracks on home soil with the ‘Red Eye’ EP.

With strong nods to his previous release on La bonne, the title track kicks things off with moody junglist vocals echoing out over clean drums and a moody, distorted Reese. ‘Right Now’ then switches things up with a garage groove, wobbly bass and more iconic sampling wizardry before ‘I Do’ plunges you right back into the depths of dark and nostalgic breakbeat. ‘Call 4 Me’ closes out the release with pitched-up vocals supplying the EP with some of Sempra’s signature happy hardcore flavour. ‘Red Eye’ is a carefully crafted love letter to UK rave culture showcasing the artist’s beyond impressive versatility and skill.

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