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Boomkat Product Review:
Karl O’Connor (Regis) & Simon Shreeve (Mønic) regroup as Cub on a L.I.E.S.
Launched a decade since Regis’ first Cub 12” baffled DJs with its slower BPM and low-key diffracted the direction of techno’s flow, the project has snuck out a series of cultishly adored plays that keep subtly altering its template of squashed techno and quasi speed D&B rolige. With Simon Shreeve, erstwhile of Kryptic Minds, on board since 2018’s ‘Seeing From Above’ the project has cut deeper into its singular groove without changing what sucked us in, now resulting in killer, gloomy numbers that toggle the style to swaggering halfstep, panel beaten dancehall and full sunken ambient mutations.
‘Reason Doesn’t Sleep’ hits square between the eyes of their respective styles with body-swilling bass sloshing around cracked snares at a wickedly depressed tempo, and ‘Dream Logic’ shows more restraint with its rusted percussion and ether voices resembling some early halfstep dubstep in the way current Loofah tracks do. That sort of concentrated pressure is also keenly felt and eventually alleviated on ‘No Love From Above’ and a tranq’d closing passage of gloaming ambient in a reserved style that we’ve not really heard from either done quite like this.