More complexity, tick. More dubwise detail, tick. More structural variety, tick. Ahhh, it’s good to hear a bit of experimentation and progression in the old dubstep sound. Whilst the rest have been stuck a little in the rigidity of the halfstep template, Sleeper has been really pushing the sonic scaffolding in his last few releases, and this is no different — moody, poly-rhythmical and industrial textures abound, but still with a swagger that will bruk a dancefloor.
‘Say Another What’ and ‘Arcadia’ proved that the on-paper possibly not-so-obvious pairing of Genix & Las Salinas was in fact stylistic alchemy. That’s something their ‘Anjunabeach’ redux only serves to underline.
You can’t dispute it’s a banger, You can’t dispute that it sets the dance on fire and you certainly can not dispute his title as the undisputed King of jump up. Hazard has the formulae to create the biggest of tunes from the simplest of sounds. The patterns are reminiscent of Clipz circa late naughties, never a bad thing, and the vocal is super sexy. Listen to this with caution, its seriously catchy, and you’ll sound like a weirdo trying to hum it on the bus.
Good god but I'm in love with the break in this track. So fat, so punchy, pure pleasure in the beats, a kick so heavy it carries its own bassline with it — SS keeps things simple with the loops, a peal of Dave Liebman/Jan Garbarek-style sax, and some sighing droning dissonant strings that swim in the kind of unsettling cinematic waters Lalo Schifrin or Quincy Jones would be proud of. Great stuff from Gibbs, even greater stuff from Bada$$ — looks like the new 'What Goes Around' set is gonna be Selektah's tuffest and most essential yet. Been waiting for him to come out with a record that's consistently great from start to finish. Looks like he might have done just that. Essential.