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katy b - on a mission?
Probably Hyetal & Peverelist -
Or Shortstuff -
Got it on a bit of a whim, very glad I did.
I just got it about three days ago, having slept a bit on it, and it's blown my tiny mind into pieces.
Still haven't got round to getting the records yet, but Galaxy is so, so good.
I completely agree, his earlier stuff had its moments - I really liked 'A Rustling', and the 12" he put out on Formant with 'Progression' on it was fantastic, but it was pretty chaotic in a slightly difficult to dance way (the same accusation I could level at some of his Brackles collabs - their mix of Geiom's 'Sugar Coated Lover' is a bit much for me, though 'Pipey D' is awesome).
I've always rated him as a more consistent producer than Brackles, so it's good to see such a strong statement from him. When Brackles is good he's incredible (LHC, Get A Job, his remixes of Hackman's 'Always' and Crystal Fighters' 'I Love London') but there's quite a bit of his I find more throwaway. Shortstuff tends to be far more interesting, especially in terms of his ear for melody, though I really like the grime edge to his music, there's a real eski thing going on there.
Martin Kemp is probably the most impressively consistent of the Blunted Robots stable...
I've been hearing this everywhere on freshers. doctor p that is
Chorus just reminds me of this:
Katy B's fine but I don't get why she's being heralded as being some sort of savior of 'mainstream dubstep'. Granted this track is better than anything Benga's done with Magnetic Man, but I'd rather hear Kyla on a track any day.
The Simon/off stuff on Immerse is great, and I think it's a really interesting point about dropping tempos - the increasing influence of house and techno is doing different things to the genre compared to what it was doing two or three years ago. Compare, say, the techno-ish 'step of Appleblim's Dubstep Allstars with the sort of techno infused stuff coming out now from the likes of Al Tourettes/Will Saul & Mike Monday/Hessle/Scuba etc - it tends to be slower and less tied to a rigid pace.
Some of my favourite stuff at the moment takes dubstep's influence but makes music that doesn't really match it - people like Kowton and October, who both make house and techno, but with this Bristolian swung/broken beat, dubwise style.
It's a funny one really because at the moment there's less coming directly out of the dubstep scene that I'm as bothered about but there's loads of brilliant stuff emerging where the lines blur.
Kowton did a great mix for RA last week, and his 12"s on Martin Clark's Keysound label and Idle Hands are both amazing. Wrote some bits on AE last week actually
October's a techno producer basically, but it's all pushed through a madcap, bass-heavy lens - he released an EP earlier this year called Muscle Memory, which is absolutely spectacular - echoes of Detroit tech and classic dubstep.
And there are other ones as well - the new one with a Ewen Pearson mix is bizarre, but there's an older one called Recession Sampler that's brilliant too. His label Caravan puts out loads of really fascinating stuff, and there are some cool collabs in the pipeline too I believe...
...anyone is talking about Blunted Robots. Interesting to see they split opionion on who is the 'best' - Martin Kemp/Brackles have a bit of a Milibandesque Older/Younger brother dynamic except Brackles isn't going to sulk like David.
I like them all really, and they're all great DJs. Looking forward to the next Robots release a great deal.
In other news, Roska & Untold's Myth is out today on Numbers. YES.
By which read: the same song exactly, just with a big shit wobble underneath it.
failing that there's Joe, LHF, Pariah and especially Ramadanman... Most of the best stuff doesn't wobble anymore. thank fuck...
Though admittedly there aren't so many of them, guess it's kinda the fortnightly dubstep thread now...