Australia has been a little slow to catch on to the whole post-dubstep thing, with garage inspired bass with a broken beat yet to truly catch on in the Southern Hemisphere. However, with the release of Sydney artist Amberscape, it looks as if that may be changing. Although comparisons with Burial are likely to come thick and fast, mainly due to the EP's rich atmospherics and haunted vocals, Sepalcure might be a more useful reference point: "Yuki-onna", with its sun-drenched chords and bone dry snares, is a prime example. Elsewhere, "Howiloathe" stands out with its deep house-influenced bass and 2-step rhythm, while "Kino" combines pressure cooker atmospherics with mournful vocals and "Maerd" rounds off a fine EP with a shimmering exercise in tension with all the production mastery of his North American peers. Recommended.
Deeply atmospheric from the off, the latest release from US label Noisy Meditation comes from Stiver and wow, are you in for a treat if you like deep, dubbed out electronica with oodles of soul and cerebral qualities. Easing us into the Hollow EP is the title track, which is full of warm, throbbing bass, gentle echoes of vocal and crackling white noise in the background throughout. The story continues with the eerie and unnerving "Paralyzed" which evokes a feeling of loss and haunting via sweeping atmospherics, muffled Burial-like beats and distorted vocal snippets. Next we have "Just Friends" - another contemplative cut, stripped back to the bare essentials, before "Merged" completes the EP with warm, cooing instrumentals, quirky SFX and ticking beats.