Veteran Bristol-based producer Chris Jarman a.k.a. Kamikaze Space Programme joins the TRUST family with a blistering EP of hard-edged bass music. Hot on the heels of his 'Concrete Musique' EP for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver imprint, 'Stokes Croft' showcases the bassier side of Jarman's distinct production style.
'Stokes Croft' opens with none other than prolific Ninja Tune artist Emika as a guest, whose haunting vocals turn 'Choke' into an ear-catching hybrid of industrial bass electro and gothic pop. 'Clapper' follows this up with a percussive banger, perfectly encapsulating Jarman's artistic vision of crafting futuristic beats entirely from found and self-recorded sounds rather than worn and tired presets. It's a philosophy that does not rule out sublime melodic moments either, as 'Cel's drifting string and melancholic bleeps aptly demonstrate, while 'HSBC' closes the EP with a nod to the old-school, complementing jacking electro rhythms with squelchy acid lines and ghostly pads.
Released parallel to TRUST's three-part 15-year anniversary series, TRUST XV, Kamikaze Space Programme's 'Stokes Croft' represents the rougher side of the TRUST sound - head-strong, futuristic, and ready to obliterate stylistic stagnation with sonic innovation.