If you like dark, tribal dubbed out bass music then look no further than Thing who brings us the sumptuous Cold Hearted Dub EP on the Dubthing imprint. Bringing in a wealth of different influences across this four-track EP, prepare to be blown away. Title track "Cold Hearted Dub" kicks things off with thunderous tribal drums, pounding bassline and ominous SFX reverberating in a cavernous, ice cold soundscape. "Future Tribes" gets even deeper and darker with its shuddering sounds and haunted rhythms while "Vintage Punch" continues to weave the tapestry, with thunderous, clapping snares and weight sub bass pressure. "Flute" provides a more instrumental ending to the proceedings. Avoid this at your peril!
Estonian producer Thing has been attracting attention from all the right corners of the bass-infected world for some time now. With a huge sound originating in dub and reggae and ending up on the deep, minimal d&b mark, his productions are expansive and dark, incorporating vintage sounds and sampled instrumentation. The painstakingly textured "Vibrations" shows off an inside knowledge of the workings of early dubstep as dub elements play their part, while "Show Me" flexes and writhes with a beautiful downtempo/breakbeat edge. "Cave Dance" swaggers with reggae brass, quickly moving into deeper, darker territory and final track "Melodica", which plays with space and movement with a definite feel of old school breakbeat about it. Buy on sight.