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Snapped up by Skream for his Dubz label, previous darkside hip-hopper Brian Gibbs aka Echo Park here offers up his new musical direction, a funk filled electro-loving, vocoded boogie production 'Fibre optic'. It's certainly like nothing else you'd find on the label, completely upbeat, joyous lyrics and simply comes across as so naively optimistic and fun that you'd be hard pressed to find fault with it in the same way as you'd be loathe to boot a wide-eyed kitten. The remix duties are given over to 12th Planet & Flinch on the one hand and underground sentinel Jon Convex of Instra:Mental fame on the other. 12th planet keep the original light feel and upbeat nature while piling on the rave-tastic bass and standard Dubstep wobbles for a crowd-pleasing beast of a tune bound to be heard ricocheting around the club floors for the forseeable future. Conversely, Convex takes the tune on one of his electro/Techno jaunts that with its bouncy rhythym and synth washes still keeping it funky but with an addition of a darker synth dropping in as the pitched down vocals come in simultaneuosly we get deeper tinge to the track. Each version has it's own quality about it and if anything it shows how these 3 different styles, techno/dubstep and weird electronic funk(?) can be found on one record which says a lot for the average dance-music listener out there at the moment. Definetly one to check for the open-minded heads.
City Of Lonely Runaways/ Dischord
D-Bridge continues his emotional/electronica/dubstep ways with this deep little single out on the Dubz label full of subtle sound landscapes designed more for the ear than the dance-floor. 'City of Lonely Runaways' which sounds like the translated name of an 80s Japanese Anime film also contains the sort of music often found in those films. It's the melancholy melody that really reminds me of this with the synth strings coming in at just the right time to emphasise the melodramatic filmic feel. Bizarrely this is a really good thing and while some peeps might be confused by such sounds (and maybe even angered), 'Bridge pulls it off because it sounds so genuine. Combine this with some dark, dark synthbass running through it and we really have a quirky gem here.
'Dischord' as the AA side is very reminiscent of Boards of Canada with it's stoned chimes and abstract keyboard noodling before dropping into the crisp clicky beats which also put in mind past greats in the electronica field such as Plaid and also venturing into similar territories as present day luminary Lone. It's not going to be for everyone, but it is great music to have on for a chill and his development of this kind of sound is a really original direction for D-Bridge to take having made his name in much (literally) heavier sounds when part of Bad Company.
Lastly in this triple collection of singles comes mr Verse on a dark tip. this is moody dubstep of a fine calibre. Those familiar with the kind of output Ben's known for will not be disappointed, 'No Solution' rolls out with a grim determination, dubstep rhythms varied up nicely with flourishes of percussion and sound effects swirling around the soundscape pleasingly. The only criticism here would be that over the 4 and a half minutes, once theres been a bass drop it fails to really do much else but it's good mixing fodder. 'Manipulation' similarly is replete with strong rhythm, some good samples and a grimey drop tempered by smooth filtered pads over the top. There are little surprises on display here either but the tune itself is so solid that as long as this dark-style dub is your thing you'll be feeling it.