We’ve previously featured Subaltern Records on the blog covering D-Operation Drop’s ‘Stronghold EP’ which as you all know was an astounding EP. Since then though, they’ve progressed to #006 in the back catalogue and with each release the music they transmit has progressed in style and sound.
Clearlight’s more spacious, experimental approach on #004 led scattered dub elements and interesting back drops for listeners. Whereas Piezo’s release presented another dimension, holding techy and progressive components, backed by the widely proclaimed Thelem remix of ‘Discipline’.
This next release is no different. Combining the minds of two artists; both RDG & Hitman provide music which is not only forward thinking, but inflicts crippling weight upon your chest. With the great addition of AxH’s remix of ‘Mercenary Ship’, the release breathes diversity throughout but still maintains buckets full of depth.
The opening track on the plate, ‘Mercenary Ship’ is daunting and dubby. The combination of mysterious growls, vocal yelping and echoing forms a bewildering atmosphere. Stripping back the track to the original core of the genre, the low end of this track is colossal, making it perfect for any sound system.
‘Space Age’ is the solo piece to feature from RDG, presenting a delectable piece of music filled with momentum and space coined mid-range elements. Again, his dub-centred style comes shining through as this meditates the mind with weight.
AxH’s remix of ‘Mercenary Ship’ is the third and final track to feature on the 12”, driving a different style to the other tracks which feature. Illustrating his exquisite producing skills, he’s managed to dissect the foundations of the original, yet provide an extra added step.
The digital exclusive entitled ‘Data Flow’ is far from elegant. But who actually wants a graceful sounding piece of tear out? The track does exactly what it says on the tin, imposing a scrunch-face synth which twists in movement, a harsh snapping snare and a bulging bass line which without fail will get anyone moving.
Overall, I’d have to say this is my favourite release from the label to date. Not only does it provide 4 top quality pieces of music, but it branches over a large range of sound. It’s a must purchase for anyone wanting a dose of dub, a dash of weight and a slice of forward thinking music. Also ensure you check the previous releases using the links below. I know there’s a bundle offer for the 5 previous releases in the Subaltern store which is a bargain!
The release is available to purchase here:
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Written by Drew Jones