Boomkat Product Review:
Quantec's Sven Schienhammer shows no sign of letting the quality levels drop with the latest in a long line of dub house winners for Echocord and Meanwhile records. Working even further into his style, 'The Subliminal State EP' for Echocord places hefty emphasis on the "Dub" suffix for this release with four deeper drifting cuts made for woozy headspaces and smoky dancefloors. The slow heaving mass of 'Life Has Changed' starts the groove with well panned dub chords sent reeling across the stereo field while a simple body-effective rhythm provides the engine in classic Rhythm & Sound style. 'Wing Rooted Chord' is a shorter trip into barely conscious modern dub with convective chords creating a shimmering haze of oily colour, while 'Halcyon' is the closest you'll come to a house rhythm here with a steady 4/4 rhythm bubbling up from the molasses thick bass. Title track 'Subliminal State' is the EP's best realised effort, dragging its feet in a heads-down shuffle mode reminiscent of the most smacked out Echospace/Intrusion releases before increasing to a rich pulse of simple subbass motifs. Ace dub house for fans of Murmur, Sven Weisemann or any of the Deepchord/Echospace output.