Spurz follows up his debut Drama Hands release, Spirit Functions, with In the Bright Light of Flares — further building on his uniquely dark and heavy sound. "LeaveU" starts off the record — a fast paced heavy-hitter that hearkens back to early grime, with barrages of punchy kicks and pixelated video game synths laying the groundwork for the track's soaring vocal sample. "Marred Linguistics" is a minimal dubstep roller, purpose-built for pitch black raves with thick walls of sound — swirling synths drone, build, then drop out, giving way to cold stabs, reverberated horns and double-time rhythms. Lastly there's "Celeste", a deconstructed nod to early hardcore and trance that rounds out the record — lo-fi breaks push and pull the tempo as rave sirens drift in and out, gently giving way to an ethereal feminine presence.
Also featured is an all Vancouver lineup of remixers — RBMA alumnus Jade Statues 'Pan Flute Regurgitation' edit of "LeaveU" blows apart the original, adding extra artillery for the dance. Chelsea Grimm adds his signature warm synths to "Marred Linguistics", giving the remix a skittering 2-step flavour, while the mysterious Children of Euphoria pulls "Celeste" from the past into the present, turning it into an aggressive, breaks laden DnB stomper.