Thursday, 1 October 2009

Cyrus – Space Cadet/Junk Yard [Tectonic]

Cyrus has been big in the game from way back either solo or as half of Random Trio producing some of the deepest bass heavy platters around. This will be his first platter for a while on the sublime Tectonic label. His dubstep credentials run deep just like his sound and as one of the originators of the sound he got picked out by Distance for the Dubstep Warz sequel Generation Bass where he got chance to showcase his sound.

This 12” opens with Space Cadet, which it just so happens got aired on Generation Bass as a dubplate, it’s a dubbed out almost industrial sounding number with, as the name suggests a proper spaced out sound. You can almost hear the afterburners of a shuttle deep in space morphed into planet shaking bass. There is a half step vibe going on here but the heavy kick plays off the high hats, crackles and snare to create a groove with an almost jazz like swing. The breakdown is so BIG it drops out into silence where you feel like you’re in a vacuum before a chest-pummelling bass drops back in.

Junk Yard on the flip has a more driving sound to it with double kicks and a gnarly deep down and dirty alien bass line that’s coupled with that huge Cyrus sub. There is a dark bounce that can be hard to come by at work here, if your feeling anyone from Mala to Distance or Goth Trad then this is right up your street. Both sides kill it in different ways, but this may well edge ahead. There’s a raw, physical feeling to this track, you can just tell its been made for the big rigs, pure soundsysem banger.

In a world where dubstep is an ever evolving beast and changing into anything from full on rave anthems to strange hybrids of hip-hop and beyond people like Cyrus are keeping the original dark, dirty and deep vibes going and pushing it into new territories.

Originally written for Sonic Router.

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