Known for his deeper spacious dub flavours, here Sepia switches for something altogether more forthright. Powered by swinging breakbeats and bulbous sub-soaked bassline, "Outbreak" isn't dissimilar to an old Bassbin Twin record and it comes with cool chopped up vocal hits a la Dirtybird. "Cornered" takes us back into Sepia's darker, slimier dungeon. Boasting some interesting dynamics around the kick drum, there's still plenty of energy in his depths.
The Isle Of Wight's Sepia recently started putting out more straight-up breakier material, but here on Polaroids, which sees him join with Mindstep, he's fully reverted to the deeper stuff he's better known for. There are five new tracks to get stuck into too, including the sleepy jazzy haze of "Never Hurt You", the ambient synth lagoon "Blitzball" and the scatterbeat shoegaze vibes of the title track.
Pay attention... Sepia is establishing himself as a truly singular talent in the bass game. Less is more in every way, his lean constructions and sporadic releases always leave us wanting more. His first release this year (and first on White Peach full stop) is one of his most comprehensive so far: dusty jazzy vibes create smoke and mirrors in the dubspace on the immaculately pensive title track and "Swing" while moodier tones and narratives can be found lurking in both the sub-stacked "Shadows" and the graveyard meandering "Lean Back". Each cut touching you directly, Sepia's standing tall right here.
Bass lone wolf Sepia is as mischievous and shady as they come in the scene. We mean that as a compliment; the artist is as mysterious as the meditative dubstep that he delivers week in and week out, which is exactly what the Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint look out for in their signings. "Lurking" might be a one-track EP, but it will no doubt make most other current bass EPs seem tiny and irrelevant by comparison. In fact, we can't think of many other artists who are crafting such quality dubstep at the moment; calibrated to the perfect level of wobbliness, and tactical in its form of percussion, this is the sort of gear that will get all the B-side fanatics up and ready for a good head-nod. Sick.
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