Monday, 26 April 2010
PRE-ORDER: Calibre – Tenopause/Discreet Dub [Deep Medi]
Calibre flexes his dubstep muscles, here making his second outing on Mala’s Deep Medi imprint - the first was a subtle rolling garage-like affair that had all the hallmarks of Calibre’s drum & bass sound as well as Deep Medi’s deepness. Dubstep and d&b have always had a dialogue, whether it be jungle influencing producers to make the music they do today - all be it filtered and fragmented through a different prism - or people from either scene stepping up (or down) to the next domain to give their take on the sound. It’s been a fertile area for creativity with the likes of Instra:mental, Breakage and Kryptic Minds all finding their own voice in the dubstep world and Skream, Scuba and Ramadanman flirting with the quicker notions instilled in drum & bass.
The highlight here has to be ‘Tenopause,’ where Calibre’s knack for subtle rolling percussive bliss is in full effect. The hi-hats draw you in with their fluid forward motion and when they play off the kicks and that addictive bass line pulses with hypnotic energy before flailing off into open space like it’s ricocheted off a passing space cruiser, you’re deep into eyes down zoned out, head nod, arm shake territory. ‘Discreet Dub’ is a more spaced out affair, slowing things down to a half step and upping the atmosphere as the bass seduces you into a state of bliss as it shifts amongst the eerie Middle Eastern melodies.
Words: James Balf