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Soul Intent

Everything And Nothing

Dope Plates
Soul Intent, the production alias of Alex Judd, has become a familiar name thanks to his refined but broad-ranging take on drum & bass. For the last 15 years, he’s put out beats on 31, Randall’s Mac II imprint and Commercial Suicide, among others. ‘Everything And Nothing’ is his second album, and arrives on his own ’90s-referencing Dope Plates label. It’s a nostalgic tribute to his first exposure to jungle via tape-packs and an older sibling’s CD collection, merging scalpel-sharp production expertise with classic rave motifs. ‘The Rude Stepper’ is an immediate highlight, evoking the early techstep of No U-Turn and Prototype with its clanking breaks and metallic b-lines, and ‘Need Your Love’ with Acid Lab is a monstrous Amen roller. But on ‘Deckard’s Lullaby’, Soul Intent shows he has a more sensitive side, latching Blade Runner synth atmospheres to hardcore rhythms. A time-warp joy. BEN MURPHY