Scotland's Jason Taylor is back on Fent Plates with his Aether moniker, and we've just begun to truly appreciate his explorative, downtempo strain of dubstep; which, in reality, is more on the IDM side of the spectrum. "Catharsis", for instance, would have made the likes of Autechre proud back in the day, and the only thing separating Aether from those guys is their heavier focus on low frequencies. "Vale" reminds us more of the Burial sound, a glitchy, percussion-heavy stagger. "Flowerdance" is more ambient than anything else, which makes for an excellent refreshment, while "At What Point Do I Stop Trying" is a moody, seductive glitch attack that'll please all sorts of connoisseurs.
Ago's been delivering some seriously deep and mystical dubstep vibes as of late, never shy to drop in some killer bass, though, so be warned. "Backlash" is a perfect example of that, a slow and calibrated tune, on first appearance, that unleashes a noxious level of low frequencies after its first drop, and if it wasn't for the stepping, rhythmical groove of "Trust Inc", we would also put it in that category. "Opium Riddim", on the other hand, is murky, swamped-out and subdued by a warm coating of subbass, a layer of sound that contains the sporadic percussion in place. Recommended!