Aardvarck - Monkey see...
Going off the title alone it would appear that Aardvarck’s new Monkey See… single is a companion-piece to the producer’s recent Monkey Formula album for Crowd. However, it’s easy to see how this squelching, lopsided piece of dubstep was deemed too strange to make it onto that LP. Where the cuts of Monkey Formula were full of pretty textures and beatific beats, the new Deep MEDi white label ‘Monkey See…’ is like one of the label’s recent Jack Sparrow or Samba drops that has been left to curdle in the sun. This half-time slouch is an unusual - and unusually effective - flex.
Kahn - Dread (Dubkasm Versions)
Kahn’s ‘Dread’ has become one of the producer’s most enduring tracks since it first emerged back in 2012. The deep dubstep joint has proven fertile ground for remixers down the years, a trend that continues on this new EP. Dubkasm deliver a quartet of new ‘Dread’ versions here, each of which infuse the original with a variety of old-school dub flavours while also maintaining the driving bassweight of Kahn’s production. The third dub, for instance, incorporates a piano vamp while the second is flecked with eerie, delay-drenched steel drums. Mind you, whichever one you pick, all four of these will shake the dance to its foundations.
Silkie - Impervious
Silkie’s been in it for a minute now. Impervious arrives ten years on from the London producer’s first release on Deep Medi. When compared with the two tunes on 2008’s Hooby, these three cuts both demonstrate how Silkie’s style has evolved down the years and also stayed true to his dubstep roots. While you wouldn’t find the grand orchestral samples that crop up on the title track or ‘Egyptian March’ anywhere in his early discography, the emphasis on bassweight and 140-bpm half-times remains unchanged. In the middle of all this we get ‘Reevea’, a future-funk jam reminiscent of Swindle. Impervious by name, impervious by nature.