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.
Expect the sounds to be suitably deep, dark and dubby on this release on Dubthing Recordings. It really does exactly what it says on the tin with title track "Dub Affair" which is full of hollow, bongo-like beats in a dark, super dense soundscape and a rich, velvety bassline which glowers below passionately. And so it continues for the duration. "Sound Mechanic", up next, builds from a Dub Phizik's-esque intro into a moody, murky piece with humming bassline, gently dribbling beats and plenty of dub seeping out from every pore.