Consume and Destroy

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Tom Withers' most complex and intricate beat manipulation to date appears on his Consume and Destroy EP, released by Octopus toward the end of 1996 at the height of the resurgence of darkside. "Destroy" echoes a fascination for this style with its moody patches and killing, warped basslines, but Withers' knack for lilting melodies and delicate rhythmic themes puts this twelve in a class by itself. The CD version (Octopus' first EP-length CD release) adds tracks from previous Override single, "Future Paranoia," as well as an otherwise unavailable track.