The UK imprint Quadrants has been on a spree of late, putting out records that are emblematic both backward and forward of the influences from its motherland. For their most recent release, they’ve targeted Roska, who was coaxed by label boss Melé to relinquish some new work from the Londoner’s Bakongo guise.
Upon reaching into his creative closet, the beat maestro has pulled out Grind, two club constructions heavily suited for maximal impact. Both numbers are riddled with tribal intricacies and are being pressed onto a 12″, but our highlight has to be the eponymous cut. Roska funnels the flow around a carnal drumbeat that frolics about while warbling sub-bass crescendos in both frequency and timbre. This bit hits hard.
Here’s what was on Roska’s mind:
“I’ve always wanted to bring some more music out for Bakongo, but it had to be the right time. Rolling off the back of UK funky, it was interesting where music was going and where this heavy percussive material would fit in. I received a text from Melé in September last year saying, “Bakongo needs to come back! [three fire emojis].” I had a few tracks sitting here… and “Grind” was one that seemed to get a good reaction all round, playing it in my Roska sets. “Tee Oh Ell” seemed to be an ideal second track to complete the release.”
Available March 28 via Quadrants.