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21 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Ever fancied swimming with dolphins? Well now's your chance - "Dolphins" is so deep you could dive in with the power of ten men and not even come close to the bottom of this oceanic slab of tidal two-step. Shimmering and sparkling with untold musical secrets, it's one of Cluekid's deepest cuts to date. "Fossil" is slightly darker; rolling with liquid tech groove and warm, resonant flux-bass, there's nothing archaic about it at all. "Nihonto" concludes with a jam that fits between the two; another example of musical beauty (and captivating eastern twangs) but driven by a lucid dancefloor-alluring riddim.
25 Jun 12
Review: Cluekid delivers a couple of stripped back cuts here on the Bullfrog imprint which delve beneath the surface of the current dubstep aesthetic and into a stark, sparse soundscape from which the genre originated. "Grim" starts with a feeling that you are trapped in a small, confined space with a distorted vocal sample adding to the gloom. The track progresses with only belching sub bass and ticking percussion to guide you through the darkness. "Lost In Space" continues the narrative with spaced out atmospherics, gloomy sub bass booms and hissing hi-hats. A curious release here from Cluekid that is well worth checking.
19 Sep 11
Review: Distinguished producer Cluekid offers two tracks of classic South London dubstep on his very own Bullfrog imprint, following a relatively quiet 2010. "Hawkeye" is a tense and brooding stepper, filled with stumbling rhythms punctuated by a bubbling synth melody and razor sharp bass crawls up from below sludgy sub frequencies. "Recognition Of Youth" meanwhile is an altogether more percussive affair, with jungle inspired rhythms that roll through bright pads and a shimmering purple tinged melody, whilst an all encompassing bass hum permeates the icy fluorescence.
23 Jul 12
Review: Rumour has it Cluekid picked his name because his dad, grandpa and great grandpa were all private detectives. Others say he actually wanted to call himself Shoekid because he loves his trainers. One thing we can agree on is that he's a veteran producer with serious skills. The title track says it all; purring at fine 140 with rhythmic glee, cool synth washes and a pulsating heartbeat bassline, it's the ideal balance between deep and meaty. The wonderfully titled "Snotling" accentuates this furthermore but with an added 'haunt' factor and some really nifty bongo work while "Extraterrestrial" gets even colder. A highlight for the raver massive comes in the form of "Pluto", a switch- flipping jungle shock out loaded with bubbling Amens and an icy, nagging descending hook.
05 Mar 12
Review: Marking the first release of 2012 for both Cluekid and Bullfrog, the man who has been around since the days of Croydon dubstep brings us a couple of out and out killers fresh from his studio. "Ninety Three" is an Amen workout of epic proportions, with rattling breaks complimented by creaking, warping SFX and murmuring b-line. Accompanying it is aptly named "Swampman" with its lurching, subterranean bass, minimal, dubbed out soundscape and eerie, empty overtones. Bassheads - fix up, look sharp and get this now!
15 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: First, let's just take a minute to reflect on how cool spider monkeys are. Cluekid's clearly a fan of the monkey world's scattiest critter; he's named an entire track after them. He's even crafted a frenetic percussive rhythm to match their crazed, clambering movements. Tropical and triggered to ensure maximum bounce, it's one of Cluey's most energetic cuts to date. "Rainy Street Light" plays the perfect foil; deep and moody, it's more your classic halfstep but with shades of deep house in the chord structure and shy melodic squiggles. A great way to calm down after an attack of the spider monkeys.