Party like it’s 2006 with these two numbers on Deep Medi. K Man The Phantom recalls dubstep in the days before it mutated into different strains of brostep. His basslines lead the productions here up and down, the shuffling half-step rhythms keeping it all together. Two tracks, Blink and Power Drill, on a 12”.
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- Blink by K Man The Phantom
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 13 August 2015
Oh, dubstep, you poor misunderstood beast. It seems that many of the attempts to move the genre forward have either ended in failure (brostep) or have been thoroughly exhausted (post-dubstep), leaving only one direction for dubstep to move in to survive - backwards. And that’s where this latest Deep Medi release goes, back to the old school, before drop-hype, internet memes and dudes from old screamo bands forced a puke-worthy sound down everyone’s throats. ‘Blink’ recalls those FWD days, when the original DMZ crew were pumping solid 2-step/dub grooves from the subs.
Scudding bass wobbles cut across the airwaves with a strong sub presence, while some chill chords drift away while the bass rests. ‘Power Drill’s musique concrete intro gives way to chugging engines of ‘06 halftime glory. Some intricate clicking in the beatwork is a nice addition, but there’s always the question - why? Why go back and do it again when 2006 has already had its say? 1 - this is great dance music. 2 - by jumping back in time, the style might have the chance of morphing into a new direction after the errors of filthstep. Who knows which direction that might be.
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