Future Funk Squad – Darker Days (Album Review)

Future Funk Squad return with the successor to 2009’s ‘Disorders of Skill’

‘Darker Days‘ sees FFS progress to an epic more cinematic sound, but by no means a step away from the club. Opening track ‘The Hunted’ sets this tone with a clear nod to the seminal work of Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells aka Theme from The Exorcist) atop driving beats and a bass guitar line reminiscent of the golden age of Marine Parade Records.

Other highlights include ‘Soundwaves’ a chip tune meets Kraftwerk  chunk of goodness. Whilst Rat Race features the vocal talents of long term collaborator Mojo, and makes for an instantly recognisable Funk Squad record

But it’s the collaborations which really give this record the big beefy dance floor friendly tracks;

‘Rattlesnake’ (Feat Mechanical Pressure) – a tribal sci-fi track with an earworm that’ll stay with you for the rest of day. ‘Monolog’ (featuring Aussie heavyweight Karl Sav) with its 303 line that could happily come with a reach for the lasers guarantee on it. ‘Tactics’ (featuring  Wrexx) with its big bassline and dialled down tempo  that will no doubt bridge a few genre gaps.  ‘Cold Mater’ (Featuring Refracture)  which is an unashamed chunk of electro breakbeat and proves there’s still something to get excited about in that good old nuskool sound.

All in all; a fantastic, slickly produced, expertly polished album. Just as we have come to expect from Future Funk Squad. A great addition to your music collection, be it for spinning tunes to packed dance floors,  or blasting in your ears during the daily grind.

Darker Days is released on April 14th and available for pre-purchase now from http://www.futurefunksquad.co.uk/  and you can hear a preview of the album as mixed by Future Funk Squad below:

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