Following up an EP titled "Pathetic Earthlings", it's pretty clear what kind of producers Boot and TZR are. Kicking off their latest release with a darkly tribal, Shaolin-inspired kung-fu sample-strewn step through darker dubstep territory and things only get deeper from there. Taking all they can from the old-school dubstep laws of cinematic tension and late night paranoia, this EP is like a step back in time, only with a few sci-fi comments from the future thrown in. About as atmospheric as it's possible to get without actually having visualisations downloaded straight to your retinas along with the tunes.
There's a great sense of space travel to Commit's productions. Taking off from the iced-out planet he left us on with "Saturn Return", here he jets us into the thick misty synth fog of "Lunar Cry" before crash-landing on the unforgiving world of "Eyes Down" where industrial bass and crisp-but-subtle guitar rhythms are the main currency. Later on in the journey he switches of the headlights and flies blind into a cosmic sea of piano-based space debris ("Deadlights") before taking us into hyper speed with the stunning, hunch-backed pneumatic riddim "Extrasensory". Plotting the course for the next universe, we can't wait to see where he's taking us next.
Meditative flavours are the order of the day as US dubstepper Juss B unleashes a meaty quad on Requiem. With a bassline that seems to breathe and pulsate with a life of its own, "Systematic" is as deep as it gets. It's followed by the equally arresting sub ripples of "The Waiting Hour". Locked in with a clicky rim shot hook, there's an overwhelming sense of drama coded deep into its digital DNA. For a more bodily blend of bass look no further than "Voiceless". Here we find the layers of bass purring with a sense of metallic mischief while more heady percussion weaves and bobs amid the blend. "Horsewhipper" closes the show with demonstrative command: bold snares and hand drums hammer the message home while the soaking wet subs clear up the chaos behind. Systematically sweet, this needs your attention.
They're repping some serious dubstep down under right now, and few labels do it with as much efficiency and flare as Requiem Audio. Here we find New Zealander Unsub serving up his most confrontational EP to date. The title track fuses a distorted heavy metal guitar riff with a cavalcade of swashbuckling drums, "Nervous Twitch" is your worst nightmare converted into digital alien screams, "Idlewild" is a savage skank-attack and "Hassan" wafts with an altogether eerier, eastern air. With serious sonic attitude sizzling throughout, Requiem and Unsub are on their A-game right here.
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