When Batu records for the Mistry label, he seems to do his best work and with each work he seems to find more of his own sound. However there are still the starting points that he shares with the likes of Beneath, Pinch and Lurka such as tempo and aesthetic. Dakalib thuds at the bottom, snaps at the top and wails in the middle. on the flip, Collate takes bass and industrial drums to the jungle at 130 bpm.
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- Dekalb / Collate by Batu
8/10 Ant Staff review, 16 September 2015
Beneath’s Mistry label’s fifth plate comes from UK producer Batu, whom I think first surfaced on Livity Sound’s sister label dnuoS ytiviL. That should give some indication of where this producer is at stylistically; that is the grey area where UK bass music and techno merge into new shapes.
First up is ‘Dekalb’ which builds with spacious woody kicks, sharp hi-hats, sirens and ultra paranoid, looming bass. A lingering synth fizzing completing a vibe of getting the fear from too much weed inhalation. But before you run for the club exit, a sound something like a big technoid robotic being arrives and gently escorts you back to the peripheries of the dancefloor, human flesh holding Terminator like hand.
‘Collate’ gets busy with toms that vibrate like the beating of the interior of a ship hull. Increasing the energy with layers of rattling percussion, gnarly low-end and dub-wise effects, throughout emitting an infectious off-kilter funk. Dark but never oppressive and begs to be heard at 2AM through a massive soundsystem.
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