Standing 17 minutes tall, ‘Corruption’ is the third ‘Chapter’ from John 00 Fleming’s album-prefacing run of 2021 singles. Following its ‘Explorer’ introducer and ‘The Finding’, the track suggests all’s not quite as rosy as first appeared. For the track, John’s been joined by JOOF Recordings cohorts Fuenka.
John & Fuenka give the opening minutes to scene-setting ambience, as timbale percussion, chirping cicadas and ethnic harmonies initially swirl those ‘Corruption’ waters deep. In a measured fashion it then enters a five + minute run of hypnotic, progressive throb, applying layers of diving-bell-deep drums, bass and curling 303.
Despite its expansive runtime, you’ll never be in any doubt that they have a clear endgame in mind for the track. That’s into perspective around the nine-minute mark, as the chime of its lead line rips free.
Again carrying bespoke hand-drawn, JOOF-commissioned artwork, the track’s cover echoes the ‘twist’ like ambiguity that’s now been thrown into the album’s storyline.