There was some criticism of the debut album from Copenhagen-based Californian CHLLNGER (AKA producer Steven Borth), with critics suggesting his sparse, atmospheric take on post-dubstep was a touch derivative of scene stalwarts such as Burial. Such criticism is harsh. Certainly, the four tracks that make up this EP are suitably atmospheric, but there's an inventiveness and positivity often lacking from more intricate, dubwise compositions. "Datter" itself is wonderfully woozy, offering a sparse fusion of dubstep, reggae, IDM and trip-hop that's warm and enticing (thanks, it should be said, to a lovely vocal). "Desire", meanwhile, recalls the creepy compositions of former Talkin' Loud chanteuse Nicolette and 100th Window era Massive Attack. Well worth investigating.
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