Disclosure's new track, Boiling, features Sinead Harnett, is the
first snippet of a release from the duo on Greco-Roman. This is
Dubstep's Radio 2 moment, just under four minutes of lushly
produced synths and drum patterns, huge vocal melodies. Or maybe
it's loungestep? Dubstep for a hotel bar, coated in red velvet,
Sinead Harnett is an evening dress, and disclosure manipulating
Abelton in tuxedos.
With dubstep's assault on the charts last year, and it's
metamorphoses into brain-dead 'brostep' in America, you'd think
it'd be creatively dead, yet it seems that it's shattered into
about a thousand pieces and has sprung up everywhere, sounding
usually nothing like it forbears. PMR Records is one of those at
the forefront of pushing the sound into new directions, with L-Vis
1990, Julio Bashmore and Jessie Ware, who were all rooted in
dubstep, moving into the shady area of 'post'. Whilst L-Vis moved
into glimmering, chrome-plated and bass-laden house, and Bashmore
reunited UK Garage with Dubstep into slinking, emotive, clubjams,
Jessie Ware uses her heartbreaking voice to propel it towards more
Ripped straight from Benji B's Radio1 show, comes three tracks
from the new Actress record on Honest Jon's. The follow up to
2010's 'Splazsh', this new record is, from the sounds of this
preview, a wholly darker affair, and with a title like R.I.P that's
probably to be expected.
Where 'Splazsh' bubbled and hummed like a living, breathing,
techno organism, 'R.I.P' skulks and swoons, hides in dark corners.
'Ascending' is so delicate and subtle, Actress gently probes at it,
that if any force was put upon it then it'd collapse. Caves of
Paradise owes a clear debt to the psychogeographical bass of
Burial, whilst Iwwad may start off like a it's going to drop into a
standard techno affair, but it's really on the brink of collapsing
in on itself, using only its sample to stay afloat.