Amen Ra - "Essence Investigation" - (6:36) 136 BPM
No Fixed Abode - "Indian Street Slang" - (4:59) 136 BPM
Review: Despite the somewhat questionable use of a sample from The Matrix kicking things off, the third installment of the LHF series on Keysound is a remarkable revitalizing of original dubstep ethics. Double Helix crafts an utterly perfect mood of edgy paranoia on "LDN", where intricate rhythms echo out in ample space while whispers of jungle flirt in the background. Amen Ra keeps the bar high on "Essence Investigation", as the half-step swagger does battle with occasional flurries of breaks and melodies. No Fixed Abode pushes things even further out into sparse rhythm and Indian folk elements, and just like that, dubstep sounds like the most exciting music in the universe again.
Review: With the series of 12" s garnering ever more praise among dubstep purists, Keysound capitalise on the appreciation of the LHF collective and issue forth a whole album's worth of material under the appropriate title Keepers Of The Light. The reason the crew is heralded is not because of some stout insistence on making endless monochrome 2003 style dubstep, but because the vitality the genre poses at its best is evident throughout their output. There's a heavy focus on Indian classical samples in many of the tracks which harks back to Dusk & Blackdown's Margins Music, but really the whopping 26 track selection is pushing a brand of freshness in a half-step context which is all their own.