8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 June 2012
I’ve not heard this fella before but looking at what Clint wrote about his last release for Brainfeeder he makes music which falls somewhere between Bristol hip-hop and dubstep. Well now he’s on Ninja Tune, and seems to be making music which falls somewhere between Bristol hip-hop and dubstep, with the emphasis on the dubsteppy side. This is the chilled out Burial-ish side of dubstep, though, not the in-yer-face stuff peddled by the likes of Digital Mystikz...although I just compared it to Burial in front of Phil and his immediate response was that it’s “nothing like Burial”, so there you go. It’s definitely very dubstep-influenced, though, and in the non-aggressive slightly coffee-table way, but still quite beaty and not too drifty.
I’ve always been a little dubstep-resistant so I’m not exactly the greatest person to ask about this stuff anyway. ‘The Gun’ has got some really rumbly deep vocals that remind me a little bit of Tricky, and ‘Dead Dogs’ plays around very effectively with some live drum sounds, and closer ‘Ghosst(s)’ has some fantastic-sounding bowed double bass sounds going on and probably the album’s most interesting moment comes right at the end when it flops into some slow and trippy washed out dub-minimal weirdness. All in all it’s pretty listenable and laid back with plenty of tunes and some interesting textures. Not bad at all.
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