Italian dubstep brand NoMad are enjoying a rich vein of form right now. The door to the dungeon has been left wide open by the likes of Piezo, D Operation Drop and De Niro, embracing a whole wealth of new light and party pathways. Long-standing NoMad member Epitome continues this wide-eared message with four absolute rhythmic stunners. "Levitation" engages with an icy chant before throwing us into a sea of bass burps and teasing percussive licks while "Tango" shoots with precision synth emotion. Elsewhere "Snakes" slithers with grumpy bass that's countered by startlingly sharp shards of vibrancy while the mean and menacing "Charon" reminds of dubstep's raw ugliness. Powerful stuff.
It's a mark of dubstep's continuing global spread that this release harks from Italy and features a remix by Budapest-based DJ Madd. Epitome's original version of "Sublife" is quietly impressive, building atmospherically for 90 seconds before suddenly springing to life. The shuffle of the beats and the discordant vocal samples help create a heady feel that's nowhere near as dark or paranoid as much dubstep. That's not to say it's a barrel of laughs, mind, but it's certainly far more positive than your average underground wobbler. Madd's remix is decidedly sparser, offering a smoky combination of low-end wobble, ricocheting percussion and spooky chords.
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