psychonaut hallway jazz stompers in dub
DBL successfully fused experimental D&B, half-step and techno tropes on the "Forma/Materia" two-tracker. Here they re-establish their occasional studio partnership with a first collaborative full-length. It's a pleasingly atmospheric and imaginative affair, with the pair offering up tracks that variously mix and match elements of unearthly ambient, off-kilter drum and bass, broken techno, murky post-dubstep rhythms, experimental electronica, the metallic clonk of industrial and the hazy hypnotism of dub techno. Musically it's hard to pin down due to the wide variety of interestingly programmed rhythms, though the album's uniformly paranoid sense of impending darkness, coupled with occasional glimpses of musical positivity, ensures a coherent aural vision.
- Juno Records
Swiss ‘peripheral rhythm & bass’ label Re:st continues its spree of flawless releases with Ecou. This double LP hosts a collaboration between Romanian experimentalist DYL and an English D’n’B connoisseur DB1. Across its twelve-tracks, the duo dreams up a lucid sonic world inhabited by bold textural experiments, tight bassline rhythms and gently energising percussions – all reinforced by theirr razor-sharp production. Ecou opens with a moving, undulating drone piece of soft metallic noise swells, a theme recurring on ‘Track 5’ and ‘Track 9’. It then rolls its way through variations on dub-infused d’n’b, and closes with a gentle deep techno roller, rich in echoes and pulsating harmonies, dusted with celestial noise sweeps.
- The Vinyl Factory