Boomkat Product Review:
*NEXT LEVEL DUBSTEP MEETS DUB TECHNO AND DEEP STEPPERS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CLASSIC CHAIN REACTION AND MARTYN* Absolutely superb debut album from Headhunter for Tempa. Headhunter has long occupied his own particular nich of the dubstep scene, sitting comfortably between the ultra heavy bass styles of Skream, Benga and his Tempa stablemates, and the deeper Berlin influenced Bristol side of the dubstep coin. The styles are perfectly coalesced on 'Nomad', Headhunters first LP after a run of cherished productions from the killer 'Initiate EP' to heavyweight soundsystem smashers on Tech Itch's Ascension imprint. Opener 'Lifeform' could almost be a Fluxion track from the Chain Reaction catalogue, cutting deep into a 130bpm dub techno groove with barely contained subbass pressure, before switching up a gear for 'prototype' with a tech-dub-step treat. It's tracks like 'Paradigm shift' or 'In Motion' that sum it up very neatly with dub techno steppers closely aligned to the Peverelist or Appleblim Bristol style of rugged dub chords attached to itchy steppers riddims and ridiculously massive basslines. It's a hugely recommended set for all the deeper and darker dubstep fiends and should really be up there as one of the dubstep albums of the year. Tip!