Genuflection: to stoop down on at least one knee as a mark of the deepest respect. Interesting title, one can only assume this is B1t's personal bow to the great gods of the sub frequency. And he's done a good job; the depth of space at play here is mesmerising, often relating closer to classical dub techniques than dubstep. Melodic, emotional and weaved tightly with atmospheric textures; cuts like the embittered "Omega" and the bowel-shuddering D&B creeper "Finite" resonate with such mournful bottom end presence, you don't know whether to stop in your tracks and pray or dance your botty off. Throw in beautiful ambient melodies like "Watermelon Achroite" and you've got a really interesting album that works in myriad contexts.
Foreign Feelings (feat Samantha Nova - original mix) - (3:14)
Lamplie (original mix) - (3:04) 147 BPM
Lost Nimb (feat Samantha Nova - original mix) - (3:06)
At Me (original mix) - (3:47)
Foreign Feelings (instrumental mix) - (3:12)
Lost Nimb (instrumental mix) - (3:14)
Portland future beat specialists Gradient present new artist Lamplie. With four originals and two instrumentals, he's repped himself well. We kick off with trembling delicacies of "Foreign Feelings". Woozy and wheezing like an early Portishead cut, Samantha Nova's vocals fall like feathers on your ears. Truly stunning. "Lamplie" takes us deeper into the musical mists with a light-skanked triphoppy flavour while "Lost Nimb" clicks and trips with a muffled, lolloping two-step and wonderfully enveloping breathy vocal textures. "At Me" completes the set with wonky beats and heavily processed horns and haunted organs. Icy, fractured and full of intricate details, each one of these cuts is special.
Marking his debut release for the Gradient Audio label, Time Difference marks out M.A.K.Z. as a producer with a singular take on dubstep that maintains a classic approach but takes it out of the shadows at the same time. "Aura" displays this perfectly, with its combination of unwinding beats and meandering, elastic melodies and eastern string plucks, while "Time Difference" positively explodes with lightning on the drop of every kick and snare and "Vitreous" combines jittery percussion and heavy dub textures alongside its growling undercurrent. Jafu rounds things off with his remix of the title track, adding more in the way of subbass to increase the pressure. Highly recommended.
Gradient Audio's Universal Quantification series are always a treat; painting a broad picture of USA's bass landscape they're loaded with the most exciting international artists emerging right now. Panda and Zoobi are fine examples. With previous on equally hot imprints such as Odyssey and Phantom Hertz respectively, they've already proved their low-end might. "Metaphysical" is an audio bear hug with pads so heavy they'll squeeze you from the speakers, while "MXE" is cut from a darker cloth. With a bassline that plays off itself with trippy reverberated results, it's guaranteed to bend some minds on your floor.