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‘The Alchemy Of Circumstance’

It’s a warm welcome back for Harry Agius, aka Midland, who returns to his own imprint Graded for his first release in three years. The title track ‘The Alchemy of Circumstance’ harnesses flanging breakbeats across juttering basslines, while robots chatter to each other in a bizarre, indecipherable language. ‘Frequency FM’ provides subtle memoirs of 90’s jungle and IDM, while ‘Play It As It Lays’ further speeds the tempo gradually building with its melodic progressions. ‘Tortuga’ is all about the bassline, forever undulating for nearly six minutes of bliss.