Boomkat Product Review:
Bristol’s bastion of gnarly bass host their first plate by US producer Sectra, skewing from 90bpm pressure to heaving techno and deathly dembow
Serving to diversify the label’s bonds after Fjaak’s turbo charged volley, the ‘Counter Culture EP’ tacks to a prevailing wind of dembow rhythms that have been steadily infection the Bristol water table, as everywhere else. Galvanised gritty electronic distortion, ‘A Demon in My View’ comes off like a ruffshod Shapednoise production with its structural stress tests of dembow rhythms, and the title tune rolls out clod hoping drums deep into the grey area. ‘Ashes’ drags the vibe back down to dungeon dancehall and the silty subaquatic drag of ‘Bedlam’ works a niche between autonomic D&B styles and Tectonic’s hard-bitten Bristol flex.