Boomkat Product Review:
Deadbeat, Seekers Intl., Dubkasm, and Stephen Hitchell (CV313, Variant) run faithfully deep and immersive reworks of Om Unit’s excellent Acid Dub Studies.
Arguably a pièce de résistance in Om Unit’s 10 year+ catalogue, 2021’s ‘Acid Dub Studies’ nailed a perfect concoction of effected 303s and 808s that get right down a certain heart of the matter for deep dance music. These seven new versions diffuse the source material omnidirectional, teasing its viscous quintessence into worthwhile reflections of their own, mutually compatible takes on dub principles.
Arranged in smart style, the set starts closest to the OGs with Deadbeat’s sloshing take on ‘Dissolved’, and the air-stepping angularities of Seekers Intl. duppied ‘Ghosts’, with Dubkasm steering ‘The Struggle’ to a properly propulsive UK steppers style that begat bleep and soundsystem-oriented UK ‘nuum styles, at best in the super star and powerful extended version with its retuned drums. Echo space’s Stephen Hitchell proves the ideal election to wrap it up with three gaseous diffusions ranging from the plangent CV313 mixes of ‘Ghosts’ to the oceanic scope of ‘Rolling Stock (Variant Etherscope)’.