Various – One Inch Punch – Subtek Records
Written by Des OSullivan
May 3, 2010 3:44 pm
Subteks underground compilation release gets the ultimate lowdown.
Underground producers galore group together here in a emphatically non-commercial arrangement of “snarling beats”, “soul churning” and “deep dubstep”. Or so Subtek would like you to believe. The album is the independent labels release of hand-picked best tracks of a selection of the labels underground artists. Based in Brighton, Subtek say they are here to showcase the best up and coming producers of the underground scene.
There’s certainly some great talent here, highlights include the rip-roaring “Come on Strong” by Esion. The track feels complete, which is something more difficult for underground producers to achieve than you’d think. The samples used here fit in well, though it’d be easy to brand them unoriginal, there’s the tough-guy splurting the assuring “Trust Me” and the hot chick saying something we couldn’t fathom. But it sounds good, and the bassline is everything you’d want from a dubstep track.
“Taking Control” by Defazed is another highlight, the intro preparing you with shedloads of anticipation the oncoming assault on the senses. It does seem a bit genre-confused, it definitely sounds dubstep, but the bassline in a beat. Needless to say, it’s an interesting track but the bassline definitely needs some work, to really get that sweaty punch coming our way (slightly disappointing when you consider the album cover! -Ed).
“If I Make It” by Lushman is the most technically accomplished track on the album. Although not as energetic as others, it oozes higher levels of sophistication and premise. It meanders along but takes you with it, dragging you into the soulful depths of tech beats and deep dub. Lushman clearly set out to create a new sound, and although this is reminiscent of Joy Orbison (though that could never be a bad thing) the track is certainly guilty of coming apart at the seems in an ooze-fest of originality. Zaps, splurts, throbs, grinds, strings, pops, whizzes, it all comes together brilliantly.
“Get Murked” by Jak A Tron is another solid effort, and like Lushmans entry it’s a deeper more fuller-sounding track. The drop is brilliant, and the samples great. However just like “Taking Control”, we feel the bassline desperately needs a more harder edge to compliment the great, if slightly repetitive melody.
Generally, One Inch Punch is a valiant effort by an Independent Label. The production here is far from amateur, if lacking complete accomplishment. We definitely look forward to the next Subtek release.