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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Destaques: Dubstep

ORIEN - A Distant Place (Art Recordings) Comentários: Another debut twelve from another freshly minted dubstep imprint - Art Recordings. The man behind the controls here is London's Orien, here operating with strange, welcome fusion of traditional bass/drop structures and plastic melodies that evoke a strange mix of Eastern, military and arcade game soundtracks that aren't half expected but which tag themselves stubbornly to your mind after a quick listen. B-side track "A Distant Place" is the stronger of the two - a quietly uplifting melodic vibe guiding the track like a thick ray of sunshine over the horizon, with another unexpected use of disjointed sounds making up the body of the track. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]
KROMESTAR - Spaceman (Kromestar Recordings) Comentários: Debut release on Kromestar's very own eponymous imprint, kicking of with the title track in a rough & tumble stylee, full of distorted stabs and heavy drops - a style Kromestar has very much made his own over the last few months. "Serial Killers" on the flip is much edgier, a 2-step blueprint providing structure for some well placed hoover stabs and complex percussion, wobble styles. "Zap Dance" ends the twelve with its most upfront number - a brash 4/4 kickdrum and some spooked-out snake-charming business stepping up to the dance. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]
GATEKEEPER - Let Go (Punch Drunk) Comentários: Gatekeeper was last seen manning a side of a split twelve with Shackleton for Skull Disco, with this being his debut for Bristol's much loved Punch Drunk imprint. "Let Go" on the A-side borrows heavily from Alicia Keys' "Falling" for an atmospheric number dominated by evocative strings and a cinematic edge that works a treat. "Tense Past" on the flip, meanwhile, is just immense - dominated by midnight dub stabs and complex percussion, it's the kind of track that takes a few sessions to fully absorb, not unlike Shackleton's best, but rewards with an ample supply of freshness and individuality. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]
L WIZ - Centurion (Dub Police) Comentários: Latest transmission from Scandinavia's L-Wiz, opening up with the sino-structures of "Centurion", an atmospheric half-stepper powered by mellow flutes and snare-snaps - one for the nether regions of the night. "Girl From Codeine City" on the flip is more dubwise, a nice line in stretched strings and bass progressions setting the scene for some midnight saxophone action that you just wouldn't expect. in boomkat [Para Ouvir]



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