Heavyweight producer Sherwood meets Pinch and myriad collaborators to produce a stretch of mutant dub and bass music, switching and blending ethereal texture and muscular abstract noise techno workouts, with supremely effective results. One for head nodding on sofa journeys and dark, throbbing dancefloors alike.
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These two just can’t keep away from each other, huh. Brother dubsters separated at birth they may be, but considering how far apart their initial fame is in time, it’s nice to see them buddying up. Let the dual dub assault commence.
Much like their last, Man Vs Sofa covers skewed, bass-heavy dub hybrids featuring much piano (often clear as day rather than totally dubbed-out), low end throb, and even such things as techno 4x4 kick drum stomps. I love this. Their last one together felt a bit flimsy to me, but this is totally on point. I may be biased because my favourite kind of dance music is when dub artists make techno-ish stuff but trust, it’s great. Brilliant use of the controls, just take the dim cello intro to ‘Midnight Mindset’, fluttering about subtly before that heavy bass and rolling percussion propels you into a weird film noir esque dancefloor reverie. Is that Lee Scratch calling out the world for it’s ‘Lies’? Why aren’t the tracks credited??
In a strange world where the human race is pitted against household furniture and guest musicians aren’t given proper credits (On-U - sort it out!), we have nought but quality darkjazz tech-dub to fall back on. That and a nice soft sofa.
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