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Who the freakin’ hell is this Macker fella? Sounds like a Biffa Bacon type character outta Viz. He dropped the mysterious ‘Untitled / Kubrick’ 12” back in 2016 and we’ve heard nowt from him since. Well, at least under that moniker. Not that I really follow dubstep these days as I did in its infancy. The thing with “dance” music is for every original innova ...

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Faust / Isolation by Macker
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 30 January 2019

Who the freakin’ hell is this Macker fella? Sounds like a Biffa Bacon type character outta Viz. He dropped the mysterious ‘Untitled / Kubrick’ 12” back in 2016 and we’ve heard nowt from him since. Well, at least under that moniker. Not that I really follow dubstep these days as I did in its infancy. The thing with “dance” music is for every original innovative tune there are a zillion generic diluted efforts to try and filter through and there’s just not enough hours in my day. But I got pretty hyped when this one landed on the wheel of steel…

It feels like I’ve discovered some mystery dubplate Mala or Kode9 woulda been dropping at early DMZ parties, with that essence of early Loefah - deep, dark and dank, echo chamber dread - pure dubstep magic. The sorta thing that coulda came out as a 50 copies white label through Big Apple in Croydon and become the stuff of legend. A near mythical plate and the secret weapon of a handful of pirate radio DJs. But here it is - a new production with the original, now I suppose oldskool vibes that made dubstep initially so appealing. When thoughts of Brostep and Wobblestep weren’t even seeds in young minds. But this ain’t no retro, nostalgia trip - this is futuristic business up top with “Faust’. Gotta crank this as loud as humanly possible to get the rib cage massage and get my sci-fi cyborg skank on with the odd little laser zap and pulse shooting around the spectrum. The eerie strings really give it a smoked out, stoned bliss, the drums are solid and crisp and the bass just purrrrs magnificently.

‘Isolation’ lurks underneath on the B-side. A Wobblestep version of the Joy Division classic… ahhhhh, I’m shittin’ ya. As if. There is, what I presume to be a sample of samurai dialogue that coulda been snatched from a classic Kurosawa flick, and then we plunge straight into a spectral creeper. It’s like a piece of architecture in that it builds this huge space to manoeuvre inside. It practically vanishes halfway through, dissolving into the void and re-emerges into this beautiful, mystical thing that just has me wandering around inside, stoned immaculate inside a hall of mirrors. Both A grade tunes on this plate.



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