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Boomkat Product Review:
On a mighty first batch of 2021 Batu recalibrates dancehall and techno paradigms in proper cyberdub settings for his Timedance stronghold.
Requiring little introduction to the keenest bassbin dwellers, the Bristolian dynamo serves four seriously mutant twiss-ups that dance across the meter from pressurised dancehall to bolshy technoid swag and mercurial steppers in his dextrous, attentive style. For whatever reason it’s taken him thus far into the year to lay his cards down, but ‘I Own Your Energy’ surely makes up for lost time with Batu’s tightest expo of whirring, syncopated rhythms and sheer sound design, hustling close to equally exemplary work of late by the likes of Ausschuss, Nervous Horizon and Errorsmith for levels swingeing, UK-debted, dancefloor tekkers.
The title cut sees him shape a contemporary industrial sound palette into a inch-tight dembow dancehall bump lit with screaming machinery and metal-on-metal tones, before he ramps the tempo and drums to a martial technoid cavalcade of panel beaten percussion and light-splitting kosmische synths on ‘Inner Space’. Madder still, ‘Go Deeper’ trots out some freaky three-legged funk of a futurist variety akin to Blawan in hyperspace, and ‘Deep Breath’ reels all the way out into something almost like Tanzanian Singeli, giving us flashbacks to a mad Crystallmess set we just witnessed.