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This review is from: Dubstep Allstars Vol. 3 (Audio CD)
The more I listen to this work the more I realise that, in it's own way, this is a small masterpiece.
Kode9 is a ground-breaker within Dubstep because of his Hyperdub magazine and record label, he introduced the world to Burial and has produced a string of his own productions some in collaboration with dread poet The Spaceape.
The third in the showcase Dubstep Allstars series sees this Dub/Poetry synergy taken a stage further; the mix launches with Kode9's own '9 Samurai'- it's dusty horns and hoover bass set the tone of the mix straight off. This however rapidly suegues into Pressure's Grime track 'Dey A-Bomb We' with it's 8-bar structure and Warrior Queen's angry, spitting flow almost as if to point out the relationship between the two genres. Following this The Spaceape begins his own dread riddims, his Rasta cool contrasting with the intensity of the previous tracks' vocal. The rhymes he employs will be familiar to anyone who owns Kode9's album 'Memories Of The Future' as they are essentially the same as those used there; only here, as the mix progresses, Spaceape's voice becomes looped and overdubbed like another dub instrument- any sense whirled away in the flux of dub and overdub. This fits with the immersive, darkening tone of Kode9's selection which leads down hidden, late-night pathways in the company of such scene luminaries as Skream, Digital Mystikz and D1. The mix rounds off with Burial's claustrophobic, tribal 'Prayer'.
I rate this album very highly as I think Kode9 has genuinely attempted to innovate with this work- to take two sounds and combine them to produce something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Well worth owning and repeat listening.