Multiverse, Mount Kimbie and iTAL tEK
Apparently dubstep is dead. It’s all post-dubstep now. Typical. Bloody typical. As soon as I start to get into something every other bugger has moved on. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me and it won’t be the last: I’ve often arrived at the arse-end of some ‘scene’ or other. So imagine your most favourite and exclusive genre. Then imagine it as a dance floor at a wedding reception. I am the equivalent of your uncle dancing with a bit too much enthusiasm and shouting ‘Oooh, I know this one’. I thus signal the end of any insider cultural capital you’ve built up and the time to go outside for a ciggie to discuss where to go next.
Where this ‘next’ might be is therefore beyond me. What I can do is a) recommend the various articles that Drowned in Sound have published recently discussing the past and future of dubstep – clicky here – which give a much more authoritative account than I could ever hope to achieve; and b) say something about my recent purchases in the (post-)dubstep area.
Let’s do the best of the bunch first: Bristol based publishers Mutliverse and their Dark Matter (2004-2009) compilation [Purchase]. This is an absolutely stunning collection of tunes that ranges from the more obviously dubstep into a whole host of other genres and sounds – glitchy techno, dancehall, 2-step, minimal house, funky and even droning static fuzz. The unifying factor is of course the sub-bass which is irresistibly wobbly, rasping, melodic and pulsing across the two CDs. Get your ears round these two lovelies:
Circuit Breaker – Phonque (October’s Nosebleed Mix)
Pinch and P. Dutty – War Dub
If Dark Matter represents something of the past of dubstep (although not exclusively) then Mount Kimbie’s Crooks and Lovers [Purchase] has been heralded as emblematic of post-dubstep. If this is the case then it might be too early to tell if the future is rosy and radical. So whilst the incorporation of more acoustic sounds works reasonably well, the stand-out track is ‘Blind Night Errand’ mainly because its darker and has more, yep, bass. I make no apologies for this: I’m a sucker for it and I will always be drawn to the more shadowy edge of electronica.
Finally is iTAL tEK’s Midnight Colour [Purchase]. I’ve given this loads of plays partly because I like its warm tones and its attempt to sonically live up to its title. However, I suspect the multiple hits of the play button is down to a sense of unfulfilled expectations – it’s one of those albums where you keep hoping something to happen, but nothing ever really does. And then you realise that you’ve drifted away from rather than with the music to some lovely elsewhere. This only happens over the whole album, so give this a go:
Time to duck and leave. TTFN.