You know it's 2018 when the best dnb record of the month is also a conceptual petrol-bomb railing against the accelerated gentrification of Berlin. Blimey, it's a far cry from 'Da Bass II Dark'...but also maybe not...resistance, isn't that the thing...?
Picking up where last year's Here Comes A Fucking Startup Campus left off, Integrier Dich Du Yuppie ("Integrate Yourself, You Yuppie") draws attention to the recent sale of the Uferhallen building - a 20,000 sq ft, hitherto city-owned artists' studio complex in Wedding - to a group of venture capitalists (for €30 million) promising "cautious development". Putting aside the obvious point that artists are always the true harbingers of gentrification, unwittingly scouting out ground for the start-ups and tech outfits who usher in Babylon, it's not hard to get behind Mark here...London is gone, done, there's hardly fuck-all left to save (just memories, and most of them not ours), but the battle for Berlin's soul is ongoing, and hasn't been lost...yet.
Anyway, don't worry, the lecture begins and ends with the title and artwork (love how the guys on the cover look like they could work for a private equity firm, sure, but could also plausibly be some !K7-signed jazz-tronica trio from the mid-2000s.) The music itself is direct and unpretentious: dread, stripped jungle-techno rollers, schooled in the old ways but totally contemporary sounding; dyed-in-the-wool darkside but lithe and light on their feet - anyone into Pessimist, vintage Photek/SD or Christoph de Babalon's Grim Zenith, should be all over this. The bleepy, controlled menace of 'Samwers In Der Uferhallen' is the highlight for us, while the gloomy industrial ambient of '...Careful development without haste' is nothing if not compelling - the sickening groaning girder sound of construction and investment and PROGRESS.