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- Nexus by Young Echo
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Taking their cue from the original Wild Bunch (which spawned the likes of Massive Attack and later Tricky and Portishead) Young Echo are a collective of like-minded Bristol folks who are attempting to update the city’s oppressive, slow blurry sound with a knowledge of Dubstep, Grime, Techno & Garage.
The album takes an eternity to get going with a slow instrumental jam, before ‘Jupiter Rise’ takes charge introducing a female voice over some broken beats and low end dubby bass. Very, VERY good indeed. ‘Voices on the Water’ has a Massive Attack like vibe but the album is a eclectic, varied affair and rarely sticks to a style. ‘Crowd Sacred’ takes its cue from the ghosts of the Bristol drum and bass parties of ‘96 with some scattershot drums and a squelshy bass. ‘Blood Sugar’ utilises some neat post-dubstep beats adding a mumbled delivery. I think Young Echo may be onto something really special with this, certainly Ramp have a backstory of releasing record by people who went on to bigger things in Zomby and SBTRKT.
The dark, churning sound is very Bristol. The weed flying about in that city has to have an effect and its rule breaking eclectic sound is typical of a city where graffiti appears to be encouraged by the authorities. It really is a wild place and it's about time something great musically came out of it, something which updates the now tired sounds of Massive Attack and Tricky and brings something new and fresh to the party.
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