Dubstep is our thing, but we’re also into all the sub genres and the other loosely related genres that go with it. Then sometimes there are artists and bands that don’t really slot easily into any pigeon hole, so we just listen, enjoy and dream. Until The Ribbon Breaks are one of those bands. For us, they’re the most exciting thing in music right now. Straight up. What’s so exciting about them, you ask? Well, how about their latest offering, a gorgeous remix of London Grammar’s Sights.
That is not an easy track to remix. The original is a monstrously powerful tune in its own right. But with a little TLC, Until The Ribbon Breaks have put together something really special. The vocal is treated with the utmost respect, sat happily atop a dreamy future garage beat, tweaked and twisted in all the right ways. The beat is simple and to the point, while the melody is blissful and evocative. It’s a sublime piece of ambience and we actually like it more than the original, which is a feat in itself. Remember the first time you heard Joe Goddard’s Gabriel? It’s that kind of impact.
But this remix is only the tip of the iceberg. The tune that started it off for us was Pressure, which popped up more than a year ago as a free download. At that time, we knew absolutely nothing about Until The Ribbon Breaks other than that it was one chap from Wales named Pete. Pressure is a modern-day masterpiece. The vocal is incredible and the production flawless. A student of film, Pete also takes visuals seriously. For the video for Pressure, Pete put together footage from David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
With a handful of tracks unleashed on the world, Pete upped and went to the States, where Until The Ribbon Breaks morphed from a one-man band into a three piece. The trio have been putting on shows in America and garnering new fans at every turn. Fans in the UK (like us) have had to sit back and wait for Until The Ribbon Breaks to pay us a visit back here so we can also check out the live shows that people have been raving about.
There are lots of other tunes, originals and remixes, on the Until The Ribbon Breaks Soundcloud and we urge you to spend a bit of time listening to everything. The lads will be on the road with London Grammar later this year, but sadly there are no UK dates yet. To Pete and co: come back soon!
Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album
Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.
Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!
To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!
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ROAD TO BABYON
WHERE I BELONG
Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP
It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.
The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?
Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!
How big a milestone is this new EP for you?
We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!
You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?
Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.
What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?
Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith
Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.
Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!
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