Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Just a quick post for the start of 2012. For those who don't know me, I'm actually a closet junglist. Jungle sounds of the mid/late 1990's is what introduced me to electronic music and is somehow at the core of what I enjoy about going out to a venue and having my ears turned into bassbins. Outside of Instra:mental, the whole drum-step thing and some harder tracks here and there, most of what is today classified as Drum & Bass I find pretty flat and boring. What actually interests me about Jungle - for the purposes of this post - is the degree to which the influence of this sound is heard in other genres like Dubstep, House and Techno. Most of Skimo's beats sound like an homage to early Detroit sounds spanning a hip-hop wormhole to the time of Dubstep and UK Funky. Full of dark emptiness and rave edge, they fit nicely into a continuing aesthetic of post-noughties hybrid bass minimalisms. Songs like "On Lock", and "Riot" line up both in terms of tempo, reverb levels and drum-breaks with the work of another new arrival, Beneath. Below is Skimo's "Jump", which won him Knowledge Magazine's Unsigned Artist Competition of August 2011 and was released this Monday on Demon Recordings. Demon Recs is better known for harder roller-style DnB releases but the pacing hi-hats and impressive sub frequencies help to align the single with a break/hardcore schmontinuum. The b-side, "In My System", is a pounding industrial R&B rework, that should satisfy fans of the label's earlier catalog. Definitely some style to watch as things start to switch up in 2012.
Skimo - Jump [DemonRecordings006] by SkimoBeats