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- Vobes EP by Beneath
8/10 Ant Staff review, 13 May 2014
After enjoying the Beneath Remix for Pev & Kowton a coupla weeks back I couldn’t think for the life of me where I’d heard his stuff before. Later the penny dropped that he’s done a few tunes on Keysound and Tectonic. Now he’s not the first artist to appear on PAN with roots in “Bass Music”, this of course following an EP from Bass Clef. I’m not sure it’s even Bass Music anymore, it just seems to keep evolving into new shapes, save for a few producers still making early 2000’s style Dubstep, but you know leave ‘em to it I say.
Across the ‘Vobes EP’ his roots are evident with ‘’Bored 2’ having a ravey thing happening with big Grimey stabs, muffled piano vamps and elements of oldskool bleeps ‘n’ bass which I suppose in many ways was a precursor to the whole bass/ dubstep thing anyway. ‘Occupy’ has skeletal drum funk that recalls early DMZ productions, subtle bass and a myriad of techy/ dark sci-fi electronics creeping in and out of the mix.
‘One Blings’ feels stripped back to a few core elements; a steady kick and glassy chiming electronics providing the top end while the sub-low element really provides some heavyweight bass action. ‘Stress 1’ closes the EP with grime like gunshot snares, a dreamy atmospheric haze and some trippy twinkly chimes. When the drums get going they have a bit of a UK funky flavour to them yet way less linear, with the rhythms stop/ starting over rolling bass.
This certainly feels like an evolution and the sound of where you would expect experimental edged, more adventurous Bass Music to be in 2014, with probably enough interesting electronic sounds to keep your average PAN fan happy whilst also being capable of doing a wee bit of damage in the clubs. Call it what you want but when all is said and done, really it’s simply electronic music, a field where the only limitations are the imagination, for we have the technology.
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