Last year’s ‘The Art Of Skullduggery’ saw the label plot its first mix-comp course, painting their vision over ‘Vol.1’s dual-disc canvas. At its heart was Chief Skull Greg Downey’s desire to share both his trance sound and that of other talents who - on the scale – have been underexposed. Stoneface & Terminal showcased in last spring’s inaugural, but for 2020’s it’s Beatman & Ludmilla who grab some second disc spotlight.
Apparently a backbone of the country’s electronic music scene for well over a decade the Hungarian duo has evolved through its breaks and prog periods, regularly playing 25 in-country shows a year. It is through psy-trance though that they’ve found their calling, which subsequently brought them to Greg’s attention. Back in 2018 he persuaded the duo to break with their Ayra Recordings release tradition and license ‘Dune’ to Skullduggery. Its exposure widened interest and audience for the pair, which in turn opened the release floodgates and this collaboration ‘The Art Of Skullduggery Vol. II’!
On his mix, Greg weighs in with his own ‘Infinity’. That precedes a wealth of new and productions; ‘London Calling’, ‘Rendezvous’, ‘Elephant’ and his recent reworking of Michael Kaelios’s ’Who I Am’ amongst them. Also included are the latest from Will Atkinson, John Askew, Chris Schweizer, Ronski Speed and Everlight.
Beatman & Ludmilla draw on 100% exclusive material for their mix. In and amongst you’ll find new cuts from Gabor & Fruzsina themselves, including the disc’s overture ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and ‘Welcome to Skullduggery’. Kelle’s remixes of B&L’s ‘Shaman’ & ‘Walking In The Forest’ are also on deck, as are Eshericks and Mindfold’s reworks of ‘Dune’ & John Dopping’s remap of last year’s ‘Amelie’. Beatman & Ludmilla get remix-busy themselves crowing their 80 minutes with new spins on Simon Patterson’s ‘Apex’ and Greg’s own ‘Loco’.