Boomkat Product Review:
The OG dubstep unit present a proper smokers’ session with Crooks, Crime & Corruption, issuing their first new material since a 2011 single and their Quest For The Sonic Bounty.
From the artwork’s boundary-defining police ticker tape to its rude, dense and sprawling construction, it sums up a London sound in style and effect, forming a sort of sonic psychogeography that acknowledges and highlights parallels and influence from other melting pots such as NYC as much as their locale’s deep topography of ghosted rave vibes, subsonic dub frequencies and social politics. After all, garage did originate on the other side of the pond.
Basically the vibes are deep, strong and long. 66 minutes long in fact, giving them real room to stretch out and make up for all that time away.
In terms of those reference points, production levels and narrative, it’s the sort of album that really couldn’t have come from anyone else, taking in swaggering hip hop à la Kaman Leung’s Special Blends in opener Legends, to cut a path right up to the ten minute jungle masterpiece, Criminally Insane - and we don’t use masterpiece lightly here. In between, a whole urban film noir plays out thru the sub-loaded, dusky blues of Justify and the gorgeous deep garage of Bak 2 NY, taking in a richly evocative patina of sampled dialogue in the UK-meets-NY steppers pulse of Boardwalk Emperor 2, the Gil Scott-Heron-sampling half step Change, and Ruf Justice.
Ayyye, it’s highly recommended!