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cyrus (random trio) - From The Shadows
Emerging from the studio with perfect timing, Tectonic deliver the debut album from Random Trio's Cyrus, one of the scene's most dangerously underrated talents. Since last year's Random Trio E.P, Cyrus has been working on his studio tan, pefecting a true definition of dubstep with professor-like precision under the watchful eye of local Croydon peers Digital Mystikz and label head Pinch. In this time his production skills have improved immeasurably, resulting in the expertly studied rhythm and bass science of 'From The shadows'. From the kickstepping and hard skanking pressure of opener 'Paradise dub' the gauntlet is laid down to a scene of imitators and dilettantes, strutting onto the floor like a tempered hybrid of Pinch's moody minimalism and Mala style polyrhythmic kickdrum attacks, this is some serious dancefloor material. Next we're dropped into 'Gutter', with deathprodding atmospheres and fathoms of layered subbass demanding to be played loud, 'mind games' pays debt to the rhythmic dub ingenuity of past greats such as Keith Hudson or Scientist, updated with added subbass technology for a 2007 effect. 'Dark future' is one of the album's many standout moments, stepping hard with shuffling whipcrack percussion and a strobing synthline direct from Babylon for a slice of proper futurism, while title track 'From the Shadows' brings some relief with lush pads and hollowed hardcore structures harking back to A Guy Called Gerald's seminal Black Street Technology LP, high praise indeed. This is a remarkably immaculate document of dubstep for 2007 which fans of Burial's hallowed debut or Digital Mystikz moodiest bass weight moments will cherish dearly.