Tuba are enjoying their best year to date with some exceedingly forward-thinking releases right now. Italian collective D Operation Drop are the perfect example with these two deep, pensive compositions. "Origami" runs amok with wild percussion that jumps and jitters with jazz sensibility and soothing chords that, like the title suggests, fold into themselves shyly. "Genesis" is deeper again with tightly layered aquatic percussion elements, sorrowful pads and guttural bass groans. If you're looking to hypnotise your floor this summer, look no further.
Bacon Dubs continue to live up to their tasty reputation with this trio of treats from Italy's D Operation Drop crew. "Razorblade" wafts with jazzed out minor key washes before dropping into a well-oiled mechanical groove that purrs with precision engineering. "Draft", meanwhile, is more techno than it is dubstep thanks to a pounding 4/4 and driving, nagging percussive elements. "Defection VIP" closes the show. Originally surfacing around spring 2013, its minimal mischief has been chubbed up with additional counter basslines and more robust drum arrangement. Crispy.
D Operation Drop are firing on all cylinders right now with current killer releases on the likes of Tuba, NoMad and now Redshift. The title track inspires memories of early Tricky material thanks to its moody spoken word vocal, spat carefully over stuttering, molten bass licks. "Treezen" is a much more percussive affair as a whole orchestra of hand drums and shakers fuse to paint a demonstratively dark picture. "Combine" brings us to a techno-induced climax as the riddim leans heavily on a thundering kicks and yet more bright, tight percussive elements. Fans of Icicle's material will be all over this.
D-Operation Drop present some carefully considered and precisely articulated dubstep on the TDM imprint. First in the three track EP is "Blind" which is all sparse, stripped back soundscape, punctuated only by whirring, wobbing sub bass and clicking, super sharp hi-hats. The occasional clinking melody adds another layer to the track, but we're talking minimal here. Next is "Last Time (VIP)" with its mournful melody and subdued beats plus a discordant warp below. Concluding cut, "Hate That Day" builds from a tense intro of ticking hats into the main part into a more brostep style offering with grinding mid range dominating.
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