Nottingham based producer Fable is no stranger to the 140 scene. Since the earlier days of dubstep he has taken a stance on things whilst paying homage to the pioneers of the sound. Fable is a true ambassador of dubplate culture and recently, apart from a few golden EP releases here and there, he has been quite secretive. Transitions is an insight into the capabilities of the young producer as he welcomes the listener on a journey, providing tracks that could easily be enjoyed in the home or on a dance floor.
After the enticing monologue of a provocative sample and tasty beat in ‘Intro’, the Congi collaboration was one of the tracks I was most excited to hear; ‘Time’ is an informed reference and pays of respects to the roots of the dubstep sound. Ambience is created from less conventional methods; utilizing deep reverbs and elongated tape delays. Together, with the classic offbeat organ skank and a ground shaking low-end, this is perfect for fans of dub or early dubstep music.
The atmosphere in ‘Stormi’ is created from the resonating sounds of unusual modulated synths and delays over the top of a steady drumbeat and dub-bass riff. The raw and almost moody nature of the track instantly attracted me to it. However, I have to say ‘Anna-Log’ is the track that really steps things up a notch with a throbbing bass and killer percussion work.
The album is generally experimental with regards to the drums; ‘Bounce’ is a mellow track with interesting percussions and the crisp hits and organic textures in ‘Stuck In My Zone’ take things to another level.
In terms of diversity, Fable impresses the listener; “Dragon Guards” is an intriguing little interlude halfway through the album. Unique rhythms, down-sampled percussions and playful synth melodies take me back to the days of bashing old 8-bit game consoles. On the other hand, the nature of the beat and vocal in ‘PCP $MOKE’ perhaps hints at a dirty-south influence to the laid back track.
There is some familiarity when listening to some of the music; ‘1991’ reminds me of Skream’s first self titled album, whereas the drum patterns and use of samples in ‘Miss Me’ are not dissimilar to old school grime.
However, do not get too comfortable, as tracks like ‘Lemon Hed’ throw the listener right into the deep end of chaotic arrangements. The dangerous undertones of “Transitions” are also immediately apparent; dark synths and a pulsating low-end weight are driven onwards by ridged hard hitting drums and militant percussion patterns.
Tunes like ‘EXP.’ and ‘Vida’ relax the ears and allow you to reflect. However, my favourite track has to be ‘Oscillating Dreamz’; intricate percussions dance around the warmth of the bass, as supple pad modulations soothe and mesmerize. It is almost a spiritual listening experience and ideal for listening in the comfort of your home.
Overall, this release is one of the most forward-thinking and imaginative releases of the year. Transitions speaks volumes about the immense musical maturity and innovative nature of this majorly underrated producer.
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Written by Nathan Keziah