Dubstep in the USA means Skrillex, Excision and non-stop nosebleed noise, right? Wrong. Atlanta’s Michael Rathbun aka Distal represents both the original deep ’n’ spacious spirit of UK dubstep and the multiple routes of exploration its finest exponents are taking, making Pinch’s impeccable Tectonic label a good home for his debut. All today’s signifiers of cool are here: synth-soul chords, 808s, 303s, deranged, jackin’ Chicago footwork rap vocal cut-ups, distant echoes of hardcore/jungle, varied tempos... but Distal ties them all together so they seem like natural expressions of his vision, rather than affectations. A beautiful demonstration of sub-bass art.
File under State of bass
Download ‘Venom’, ‘Drop Like This’, ‘Temple People’, ‘Gorilla’
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