Boomkat Product Review:
Darkstar have been plastered all over message boards in the last couple of weeks - their edgy blend of Dub / Dubstep signatures and more traditional forms of songwriting fast drawing comparisons with the elusive Various Production. This limited twelve for the 2010 imprint has literally come out of nowhere and is set to be followed by a much anticipated EP for MG77 in a couple of weeks - all the signs are there that this lot are going to be as sought after as Various were when their ananoymous 7"s kept us busy a couple of years back. "Dead 2 Me" on the a-side revolves around a pensive dub blueprint - only the punishing bassline and unusual instrumentation indicative of the numerous stylistic influences at play here. Neleswa's vocal delivery is more than anything else the one factor that raises those Various Production comparisons - her voice somehow disjointed from its surroundings, following its own path while the music spins off into its own constellation. It's brillianlty dark, timeless and (above all else bass-heavy) number. "Break" on the flip is an instrumental track and fades in with a lilting piano before one almighty bass rumble kicks the track to life with a shudder - the music unfurls with layered strings, broken samples and a refusal to fall back on accepted dubstep templates which makes it stand out the crowd for all the right reasons. You'd be wise to check this without delay - people are talking up Darkstar so you just know things are gonna go off..proper!