Critical has just released a potential early summer smash as Dub Phizix picks up where ‘Marka’ left off. Teaming up with fellow Manchester scene stalwart Fox proves an inspired choice here as Critical invited him back to drop these two fresh tracks for this, his second outing on the label. ‘Never Been’ has a lean, stripped back percussive intro leads you to a breakdown where Fox greets you with the sickest of vocal hooks that you’ll be trying to decipher until the end.
When the tribal half-time break drops it’s time to bounce as the undulating b-line rolls heavy throughout with Dub Phizix teasing with drum edits and Amen shakedowns. Cinematic soundscapes and a solid beats combine on ‘Codec’, a more bass-led slab of equally dance floor drum & bass that retains the Dub Phizix air of originality with an experimental break that kicks like a mule.