Ghostpoet, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Phenomenal debut album. Blurring lines that divide trip-hop, ambient and garage (among others), Ghostpoet blends glimmering instrumentals and driving two-step beats with his torpid vocals rapped ponderously over the top. As the production alias suggest, this is a album full of ghostly moments and fleeting imagery, delving into the deeper, dubbed-out end of garage and two-step.
SCB, Loss / FutureUnknown
Okay, so I think it’s obvious to most people who know me that I am kind of a Paul Rose fangirl. Running seminal dubstep label Hotflush Recordings and producing under the name Scuba - it’s all incredible. He drops the vowels and some of the tempo as SCB, his minimal-techno side project. It’s slower, and with the steady thump of commercial dance as opposed to dubstep’s clattering beats, but retains all of the elegance and style that distinguishes Rose’s productions. Lush basslines, an air of tension and cleverly-edited vocal samples - yet another excellent 12” from a producer with a well-established track record.
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