New Zealand’s finest dubstep export Truth has just dropped a seismic two song sampler for their upcoming second LP on Defy Records which they are releasing in an innovative fashion sure to keep fans and the Bass music world as a whole on its toes. Rather than dropping the bomb all at once, they’re putting the album out as a series of free releases over time, and if the first segment is any indicator, “Love’s Shadow” is sure to be a monster.
“Rain dancer” finds the boys again collaborating with fellow Kiwi songstress Yayne who delivers a provocative vocal piece that leads into a tension inducing buildup then plunges into the kind of distinctly heavy-but-not-hard bassline that Truth have established themselves as the masters of concocting. A melodic chord progression and dexterous percussive flourishes drive the tune creating a dynamic sound that is taut and forceful yet spacious enough to allow the vocals to shine through with clarity. ”Gaza” opens with a synth blast as sinister as the situation in its namesake then melds a haunting female vocal snip with breakbeats buried in murk before dropping into a ominous groove of dark bristling wobbles punctuated with foreboding dissonant tones.
With more free tunes on the horizon, including collaborations with such Dubstep luminaries as Kromestar, Datsik, J:Kenzo, DJ Madd and Von D, as well as multiple USA bookings, appearances at the Burning man and Outlook festivals, and a 20 date European tour, Truth fans the world over have much to look forward to.
Truth – Rain Dancer
Truth – Gaza
As Bass music becomes increasingly structured around colossal bass drops and distorted chattering synths, its refreshing to hear tunes that are blatantly dubstep yet eschew belligerence in favor of atmospherics and grooves. The Tribesman Ep is the second release from Squarewave’s New World Audio label and brings together Nasha Records veterans Sukh Knight and Shandy in a consistent and aptly-named offering of Eastern-influenced techno bass. The title track conjures images of a steamy rainforest, combining breezy bird whistles with crisp percussion and an urgent bassline reminiscent of Nomad-era Headhunter. Sukh Knight’s “Shankle” lurches along in his classic style with chunky, repetitive bass punctuated by edgy synth stabs that prod the tune forward with a nervous swagger. Shandy’s “Synthy” merges reggae keys and flourishes of sitar atop a lightly distorted bass groove, and Squarewave’s “For Earth” finishes it off on an atmospheric tip with subtle rippling pads and airy flute passages.
The Ep is available on Beatport here: http://www.beatport.com/release/tribesman-ep/387053