The Deep Heads label and London's Ash Walker have become synonymous with deep, mindful bass music that constantly pushes the boundaries of the genre. Having said that, this new EP feels even more singular than usual, and we can really hear Walker trying his best to merge a wide spectrum of styles, influences and sounds together into two tracks. The fact of the matter is that it works. "Dark Hour" is largely genreless and, if this was 1997, the tune would almost certainly be classified as 'balearic' due to its cool, moody lounge vibe, and break-driven mid-tempo beats - a real beauty. "Glacier" is similarly laid-back, but things are more jazzy here, and there is a deeper, less party-ready atmosphere that pushes Ash Walker way beyond the dance floor. Warmly recommended.
When it comes to dubstep and its pioneers, people always drop the same names: Mala, Skream, Youngsta etc etc. But, there's another name that has been around since the FWD golden days. That name is Distance. Like many others who were involved in the scene's foundations, Distance has preferred to remain in the shadows, away from DJ booths, and firmly on his mixing board in the studio. If we're talking labels, he'd done 'em all - Hotflush, Planet Mu...the list goes on. Pinch's Tectonic feels like the perfect place to drop his new LP, especially because it strays way beyond the usual confinements of dubstep, and into whole new categories. From juke to bassline, and even techno, Dynamis is an album for lovers of the bass form. If that's your kink, this piece of work has got all the ingredients to satisfy your every need. Twisted basslines, haphazard beat flexes, and even some mashup lyricism. Sink your teeth, innit.