Review: Spatial's own Infrasonics has brought us a truly explosive collection of rugged pseudo dubstep rhythms over the last few years, and we what really like about the artist is our inability to pin him down into a category. Take "Reanimator", for instance; it's a broken piece of metallic drumming that even stretches out into neo jungle territories thanks to its added layer of breaks. "Tensegrity" is another total hybrid, where a rolling bundle of drums are only partly infused to an excellent bed of sci-fi squelches in what seems to be a fight to the death. When it comes to 'bass' concoctions, Spatial is the man - recommended.
Review: Upon releasing his first, limited edition 12" in 2009, Spatial was compared to Burial. Two years on, it's a comparison that looks frequently less and less valid. Where his early work drew clear influence from the likes of Burial and Basic Channel, Spatial, his eponymous debut album, boasts far more subterranean funk. Sure, the crackling atmospherics, unfeasibly heavy low end and sparse production are all still present, but there's little in the way of creeping paranoia or breathlessly intensity. Instead, Spatial teases and titillates with dancefloor promise, as rhythms pulse, acid house synths stab and reverb-laden vocal snippets ricochet between the speakers. It's dubby and atmospheric, but it's also a lot of fun.