ALBION002 showcases our fondness for dubstep music, on a more dark and gritty note than the previous one-forty addition to the AC repertoire courtesy of J. Sparrow. Sheffield DJ/Producer Louis 'Taiko' Robson has been a 'one to watch' at AC since its inception as a digital publication three years ago, naturally we're honoured to have been trusted with his music. Robson has consistently agitated the boundaries of dubstep music, manipulating eclectic influences in to his productions with bold, original arrangements, intricate percussion, experimental instrumentation and unforgettable subs, and he's not held back with ALBION002.
Title track Splinted dons the A Side of the release and sets the standard high with its heavy sub, percussive melody, and string lead. Robson has taken inspiration from contemporary orchestral composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich initiating the creation of the drums and percussion, which adds a rich analogue sound to the track, and with that conjuring an almighty atmosphere. Folk-like scratchy strings take the lead which is a theme set for the EP and highlights Taiko's tenacity for sound design and disregard for convention. Each eclectic element of the track compliments the next resulting in a guttural, energetic dancefloor cut, with dark undertones making the listener feel agitated or anxious. A pulse raiser strictly for sound system use.
Over on the flip side, starting with the outer, Robson has named Fractal as a personal favourite, and we'd have to agree, it was a tough call between Splinted and Fractal for the A-side slot in fact. Taiko offers a much warmer vibe throughout flexing another experimental set of instrumentation, this time round building rhythm with an accordian sample. An enormous rolling sub bass instantly becomes dominant after the short intro and meticulous percussion exaggerates the astounding impact from the drums. In the breaks expect a much murkier tone with a grimey string sample leading to the second drop. Robson achieves a certain level of feel good whilst maintaining a dark and aggressive tone in his unmistakable track. A raw analogue sound, hence the wax treatment.
Nickel takes the inner side on the flip, following form to the prior with its accordian sample adding a distorted guitar drone for the melodic intro. The acoustic instrumentation couples up with irregular drum work solidifying the EP's 'live' aesthetic, whilst maintaining a dance floor orientation. Tonnes of energy meets masses of bass, Nickel is a great set opener and equally a great close to the EP.
released December 21, 2015
Music: Louis Robson
Mastering: Beau @ TenEightSeven
Artwork: Johan Allerfeldt
Distro: Unearthed Sounds / Railbird Digital
Albion Collective was born as collaborative music blog focusing on underground
bass music, more recently stepping in to the realms of a start-up record label, enabling us to curate a fundamentally diverse sound, from the music we so passionately enjoy.