Monday, 1 February 2010
PRE-ORDER: V.I.V.E.K - Kulture/Meditation Rock [Deep Medi]
It’s probably inevitable given the curator, but Mala’s Deep Medi imprint has yet to disappoint. The label debut for Antisocial Entertainment member V.I.V.E.K luckily upholds this trend - both tracks are drenched in aquatic echo and old school soundsystem atmosphere, landing somewhere between Bristolian introspection and sci-fi futurism.
Of the two, ‘Kulture’ is the dancefloor monster, welding a sandpaper-edged three-note theme to thumping techno low end. The results are formidable, escalating to collapse point before imploding to leave only a dubby breakdown. Far better though is ‘Meditation Rock,’ sharing traits with DMZ’s manifesto in both name and nature. After the cosmic chaos of ‘Kulture,’ it initially comes across as a little sparse, pivoting around nothing but clouds of dense bass and a halfstep crawl reminiscent of Kryptic Minds’ recent ‘One Of Us’ long player. Two minutes in a muted string section begins to emerge from the depths of the mix, rising in prominence to form a slow complementary melody above the bass maelstrom. It’s as close as dance music can get to pure ambience, a melancholy and keening piece of music that presents itself far better as an insular track than a mixed tune. Further evidence, I suppose, that the outer reaches of dubstep nurture some truly impressive, genre-defying talent.
Words: Rory Gibb