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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Destaques: Dubstep

PEVERELIST - Erstwhile Rhythm / The Grind (Punch Drunk) Comentários: Bristol comes correct in innovative fashion this week with an absolute winner from the man Peveralist. Notable for holding down down the excellent Rooted records dubstep specialist shop in Bristol and curating the inreasingly on point Punch Drunk records, Tom Peveralist drops his debut 12" with precision timing. Operating at the crux of the dubstep/techno crossover 'erstwhile rhythm' succinctly bridges the gap between the hypnotic minimal techno patterns of Ricardo Villalobos and the heavyweight polyrhthmic machinations of dubstep magician Mala. Running at a 140bpm pulse the track retains the luxurious techno magic of Basic Channel with lush pads and evolving dub chords, whilst pummeling through your speakers with a rumbling bass closer to that of Marcel Dettmann than Benga before subsiding into into Shackleton-esque subbass swoops. 'The Grind' takes affairs closer to the bone, a brittle minimal techno pattern acting as precursor to the Mala style polyrhythmic kicks and Rhythm and Sound style bassisms to take the veneer off your floorboards. Taking ideas from this slew of similar artists, Peveralist boils them down into the essence of hypnotically interlocked grooves given time and repetition to open up into expansive rhythmic permutations which are essentially Techno at heart, but dubstep in name. Crucial. in boomkat [Para Ouvir1] [Para Ouvir2]

PINCH / HENRY & LOUIS - Answer (DJ Pinch / Rob Smith Mixes ) (2 Kings) Comentários: Rarely does a set of remixes unite such a disparate set of genres as roots reggae, dubstep, techno and cosmic balearica with such effortless aplomb as this red hot ten inch plate from out of Bristol town. Suitably, its been burning holes in premier league sound systems through recent weeks: Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti for instance - as well as providing the climactic moment of Pinch's recent, much discussed and widely sought after "dubstep meets techno" mix for the wonderful Mary Anne Hobbes' show on Radio 1. Andy Scholes' of Henry & Louis recorded the original, yearning Tony Tuff vocal to "Answer" during the mid nineties at the legendary Channel One, Kingston Town - one of the holiest of studio spaces in Jamaica. Tuff's pedigree since the early classic African Brothers' sides such as "Righteous Kingdom" is beyond question, and here the loops and arcs of his vocal taps into that same spiritual feeling, as he sends out "a message to all corners of the earth". Rob Smith of More Rockers fame stays true to this heritage for his remix, like the long term, dyed in the wool true roots man he is, underpinning the Prince Far-I echoes of Prince Green's inspirational dj delivery with considerable bass pressure. Ras Stryka Dread's mix ascribes a fluid digital reggae low end flow to proceedings which should fairly sing on the more digitally inclined systems. The flip holds two delicious wild cards - The Cure's "Lullaby" is yanked out of the doom-laden surroundings of the classic "Disintegration" album and injected with some delightful and surprising sunshine vibes, Sledgehead running vocal and dub remixes which could well become defining sunset records for the summer we're all hoping may well yet arrive. Which leaves a seismic Pinch remix to completely rush the sound - unpacking the crucial yard credentials atop a skeletal, rigorous stepper - proper uptempo dancefloor material with a deadliest floor covering bass hum which should only come to true life on the sturdiest, largest systems, it concludes a totally essential ep in bravura fashion. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]
WHISTLA - Merkaba / Sunlit (Ox Rider) Comentários: Whistla returns with, for our money at least, his sickest production to date. "Merkaba" opens the a-side with a demented 2-step variation that's just about the freshest thing we've heard for time, indecipherable girl ramblings squeezed into a garage template that's as minimal as it is devastating - totally immense stuff. "Sunlit" on the flip is less demented but what it lacks in filth it makes up for with twilight production - all shimmering keys and wedged BASS, proper next-level business. in boomkat [Para Ouvir1] [Para Ouvir2]
Starkey - Dementia (Lo Dubs US) Comentários: The return of Starkey with this killer one-sided twelve for Lodubs, housed in a lovely printed brown paper bag - anonymous styles. Vaguely straddling a carefully honed dubstep trajectory, Starkey utilises a squashed hip-hop / breaks template and proceeds to f*ck with it royally, squeezing the bass as low as it'll go and sliding in as many fragmented shards as possible - tweaked wooping, clipped piano keys, arpegiated synths and brutally mutilated snares. It's killer sh*t and limited to a measly 400 copies, you know what to do! Ace. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]

2562 - Channel Two / Circulate (Tectonic) Comentários: With Pinch at the helm it seems like tectonic can do no wrong at the moment, seriously forming a large section of the dubstep scene in his own fashion with genius releases from some of the most original and unique talents it holds, from Omen and Cyrus to Moving Ninja and now the awesome 2562. Destined to become one of the biggest 12"s of the year with everyone from the Hardwax crew to Mary Anne Hobbs and already on regular rotation with Pinch and selected others, 'Channel two/circulate' fuses elements of Maurizio style dub house, deeper dubstep and sharply edited broken beat into a cohesive whole which simply hasn't been achieved by any other artist quite so succinctly. The super clean and precise production with the metronomic hi-hats will definitely find this favour with any more forward thinking deeper/minimal house DJs and shows the style to be open to inifnite riddimic possibilites. Absolute class. in boomkat [Para Ouvir1] [Para Ouvir2]

RSD - Kingfisher / Love Of Jah Light (Earwax) Comentários: Bristol's Rob Smith returns following on from the raucous reception afforded his already sought-after RSD debut for the Punch Drunk label with this large twelve for Pinch's Earwax imprint. "Kingfisher" on the A-side is another skanking winner, staggered synths and reverb-drenched keys making way for that almighty bassline that keeps it company throughout. "Love of Jah Light" on the flip is much more spacious, another one of those tracks that instantly makes us think of Sly & Robbie with its pristine production and neon synths, making this a necessary purchase for all bass heads among you. in boomkat [Para Ouvir1] [Para Ouvir2]

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3 Comments:

Blogger Hug The DJ said...

Eia, tantos e bons!

C:)

Saturday, 14 July, 2007  
Anonymous electriklife said...

podes crer, gosto bastante por exemplo do primeiro maxi PEVERELIST - Erstwhile Rhythm / The Grind (Punch Drunk), porque não se limita à estética "tradicional" (se é que há)do dubstep, nota-se um cruzamento com a estética do techno minimal mais hipnótico... formidável.

Saturday, 14 July, 2007  
Anonymous Jorge Vieira said...

Bom ouvir o Rob Smith dos More Rockers/Smith & Mighty!

Wednesday, 18 July, 2007  

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