"Hypnotic groove at its best."
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.
After 2012’s fine ‘Nothing Is Forever’ and last year’s ‘Te Echos De Menos’, wistful title enthusiast Majera fields his 2014 offering. ‘Remember When’ should bring nods of appreciation for good structure, fine sounds and tight production. Midway through ‘Till We Meet Again’ though emerges a riff so chest swelling, so goddamn lump-in-the-throat big ‘n’ gorgeous, that ‘Remember’ may become just a memory.
The talented Stephen Brown has changed direction since he returned to music-making. Gone are the hyper-kinetic rhythms of releases on Djax. Nowadays, he is more likely to be making the kind of reflective, bass-heavy grooves that feature on his latest Real Time release. ‘Micron’ features cinematic, textured soundscapes, but is lent some dancefloor bias thanks to its snappy percussion and nagging bassline. As its title suggests, ‘Swing Left’ is a swinging rhythm, full of jazzy nuances and sees Brown veer into the space once occupied by Ian O’Brien.