And now the man who actually started the Punch Drunk label, Tom Ford aka Peverelist. His sound is somewhat between minimalistic dubstep and ambient electronica. ‘Infinity Is Now’ was his big tune for me last year. He also released an album Jarvik Mindstate which I haven’t heard yet. Below is a preview.
King Midas Sound
Probably the most eerie-sounding dubstep-type music going. The Bug takes a break away from heaving dancefloor jams to produce the Waiting for You album with MC Roger Robinson and vocalist Hitomi under the name King Midas Sound. Its a hazy and menacing collection of music which envelopes the listener like a hyperventilating fog.
This mysterious duo piqued interest thanks to their Maybes EP and subsequentially, their Sketch on Glass EP in July. Specialising in ambient/post-dubstep electronics, the self-titled track from the first EP remains their calling card thanks to its hazy, vocal-sample twisting and glitchy-percussive brilliance. An album is expected this year.
‘Nothing’s Wrong’ was the track from Subscape I heard via Annie Mac. It’s got a cheesy epic quality to it which I just love. It’s that vocal sample. Most of the other stuff I’ve heard from him is marked out by filthy sub-bass.
While I’ve yet to really “get” most of Shackleton’s techno-noir output (as with Appleblim), his remixes have always been ones to watch out for in my estimation. Last year, he delivered this monstrous turn on Moderat’s ‘Rusty Nails’. For more on his own output, check out Darragh’s review of his recent 3 EPs album.
Chase and Status
At the more pop end of the spectrum, these two drum and bass producers dabble in dubstep occasionally. Think Pendulum with more dubby rhythms. As well as doing production on Rihanna’s and Snoop Dogg’s latest album, they also delivered a killer remix of White Lies.
Signed to Hyperdub last year, Cooly G is a 27-year old UK lady who fuses dubstep with house and garage. Her Narst/Love Dub release was ecstatically well-received in those circles last year.