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23 Jul 12
Review: As the dancefloor still rumbles with the after effects of his double A with Tunnidge earlier this year, Distance returns to Chestplate with yet more bass drama. "A Result Of Sound" carries the hallmarks of his more emotive material that we've enjoyed on his albums on Planet Mu. Paranoid and post apocalyptic, the synths play just as much as a role in this as the absurdly weighted bass does. "Deserted", meanwhile, is the true club bomb; sprung with poly-rhythmic kicks and groaning lead lines, this will raise more hairs on your dancefloor than London's notorious wig thief in 1938.
25 Nov 12
Review: Tectonic have enjoyed a nice Distance sandwich this year, having kicked off 2012 with his "Reboot" and now bringing it to a raucous climax with "Blue Meanie". Piston-pumping mechanisms gurgle and grumble under a clattering percussive half step with perverse funk, it's easily one of Distance's most uncompromising pieces to date. "Searching" plays the perfect foil to the bodywork of the lead cut; soothing but sprung with an eerie series of pensive pads, it's a creeper with a chilling twist.
31 Oct 11
Played by: Dcult
Review: For the 14th release on Chestplate, label boss Distance gets murky and menacing with this sumptuous four-track venture into bass music. Opening track "Drawn" is a synth heavy number, with crackling SFX, smacking drums and a heavy, lethargic dragging bassline. "Knowing" is another gruelling cut with bubbling bass, snapping snares and metallic SFX, which leads into the title track "Meanstreak" - a whomping, dancefloor driven beast with mid range belches and squelchy flavours. "Mind Control" completes the EP with a more traditional Distance cut - punishing subs, eerie vocal samples and sludgy b-line in abundance. Brilliant.
08 Mar 10
Review: For some rock/dubstep crossover, look no further than Distance's latest, "Menace". Hearing a solid wall of 'steppy bass processed to sound like a heavy metal guitar, you'll think that Eddie Van Halen has suddenly started leasing a flat in Croydon. It's a strange combination, but it works somehow as it riffs along like a wonky Sepultura. In total contrast, "Beyond" is an atmospheric, almost ambient dubstep adventure, with a flute taking the lead instead of metal-imitating bass. A single of wild extremes, these two tunes certainly demand a listen.
20 Feb 07
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12 Feb 12
Review: It's been a while but Distance comes back to Tectonic as if no time has passed, packing more of his bruising and propulsive dubstep damagers with him. "Reboot" sports all the hallmark traits you'd expect from a Distance production; carefully sharpened mid-range scrapes, rigid beats, punchy sub bass, but the hats here are manic in their intensity which brings a whole new pace to the half-step template. "Barzuk" twists a touch more melody into the ravey grind, but only barely, letting the effects tweakery do the expressing instead. For banging dubstep that avoids the pitfall of being mindless, as ever Distance is your man.
20 Nov 08
24 Sep 12
Review: Get Darker have excelled themselves this year with releases: each one exciting, varied and full of surprises. Following DJG's emotional sub-trip comes another label debutant Distance. One of dubstep's most longstanding ambassadors, what the big D doesn't know about monstrous halfstep power-beats and foul-mouthed bass hooks isn't worth knowing. Both tracks live up their names "Troubles" is a menace-ridden riddim loaded with paranoid skips and switches. Simple but devastatingly effective. Meanwhile on "Rugged" we find Distance getting even more aggressive with a razor-sharp riff and more emphasis on the quirky kick drums. Quintessential steppery from a man who knows how.