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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Dubstep, 1 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Unbalance (Audio CD)
There are a number of journalistic techniques that can be used to describe an album such as Unbalance. To review through the medium of comparisons, then 2562 is the Squarepusher of dubstep. To review with needless complications of genre, then this is breakbeat techno for the post dubstep era, possibly 'IDS', 'dutch-step' or even 'post-step'. To review with far too much pretension, then this is an album produced sometime in the mid to far future by a race of highly-evolved bassline-based lifeforms trying to communicate with the primitive electronica fans of the present day to warn them that mankind will endure anxiety and dark confusion very soon.

I am going to ignore all of the above however and keep it simple. Unbalance is an intelligent album - possibly dubstep, possibly not, indeed possibly anywhere between these two points, but that is mostly academic. The album demands your full attention yet can be listened to with little. And, like all good albums, is accessible not just to fans of dance music. Of course there are nice basslines and breakbeats, but there is a subtle weaving of layers which can be appreciated in tandem with these.

If I have any grievances with the album its that whilst there is some variety in the nature of the songs there's not enough. Though some albums benefit from this (see the excellent We Can Create by Maps or Burial's eponymous album), Unbalance lacks the atmosphere and begins to look unimaginative as a creative whole. But the tunes are generally of a good quality and are far more thought-provoking than of what many producers are creating at the minute.

2562 is maybe not the place to start if your entering the world of credible electronica (that would be 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' by Underworld) or treading the precarious path of good dubstep (try Burial or Skream), but comes highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a different, smarter take on the music of today.

I probably fit in the latter category, after all.

Picks: Dinosaur, Unbalance, Escape Velocity
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