Allow us to introduce Fuj, a Japanese-Laotian-Australian producer who makes beats deeper and darker than the Pacific.
With such a cultural crossover building up his personal influences, there's something uniquely diverse about Fuj's productions. Clean and crisp on first glance, peer deeper into the abyss and intricate soundscapes appear from below the surface.
Buried deep in the techy, dark traditions of old school drum and bass but with a fearless ability to bring fresh sounds into the equation, first track Pressure Plates plays with tempo, texture and shadows. Burning white hot underneath a deceptively calm veneer of samples and precisely-tuned percussion, its intensity creeps and lingers, using little more than off-beats to build the tension. Less is more, as they say.
Terror Firmer is a more persuasive beast, pushing its huge weight steadily along tightly rolling hi-hats. As it progresses, more of Fuj's perfectly honed drums kick in at opportune moments, lashing at unruly, snarling bass, forcing things forward.
There are things at work here beyond what can be described Fuj paints dark pictures with his bass, lighting the dank spaces he's conjured with a single crack of a snare. Listen and see for yourself.