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Karl O'Connor aka Regis returns with a new EP under his CUB handle following a couple of records under the alias from 2010 and 2012. Except something has changed - clearly impressed with the production skills of Simon Shreeve aka Mønic, (he released two EPs by him on Downwards) they’ve now joined forces to make CUB a duo. So basically imagine the signature CUB sound of old - that is a slightly lower tempo Regis sound, embellished with the skilled sound design that Shreeve has done so well throughout his productions, be it techno or drum & bass and dubstep with Kryptic Minds.
‘Seeing From Above’ is pure hypnosis with a bassline that sounds like some hybrid steel drum/didgeridoo like contraption -- which probably makes it sound shit, but trust me on this. ‘Informal Beauty’ is glorious - driven by rumbling, corroded drums and draped in a widescreen blue synth that just bleeds a sort of dystopian melancholy. At its core ‘Primitive Sleep’ is like classic Regis slowed right down and rebooted into much deeper terrain with illusory voices occasionally emerging from the smoky, narcotic atmosphere. If you still cry yourself to sleep at night over the fact that Sandwell District ceased to exist then this EP should do something towards healing that bleeding heart. Shreeve has really invigorated the CUB sound - while the collaboration is true to the essence of the original template, he takes it into a less austere and tantalising new direction.
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