45hz025 – Commodo – Saracen/Uprising (Deep Medi)
August 23, 2011 § 2 Comments
In an ever burgeoning 140 scene that draws new talent from all corners of the globe, often it seems quality control is the first thing ditched out the window. Promising producers flooding the internet with half-baked material, without giving themselves the space and time to let their skills blossom and style marinate into the music. With that in mind, when a new artist emerges with finished article beats and an instantly recognisable indelible stamp on their sound, it’s time to sit up and take notice. In this instance the artist in question is Sheffield’s Commodo who with a handful of quality releases on Untitled! and Black Box, exhibits remarkable depth and maturity in his music for a relatively young beatsmith.
With rumours of fresh faces appearing on the seminal Deep Medi imprint, it’s with no surprise to see some seriously astute A&R work from the Medi camp in snapping up a colossal 12” consisting of Uprising and Saracen, two beautifully unique tracks already doing the rounds in the who’s who of dubstep’s record bags. Commodo’s music places a heavy emphasis on percussive variation, with a range of different sounds and textures keeping the overall track dynamic exciting and fresh. Saracen is punctuated throughout with incisive percussive elements, crisp hat rolls and a sharp punchy low end; even a unique usage of eerie, hollow sounding wind chimes crops up, syncopated over a dark dread-inducing bass line.
With Saracen providing the tough, minimal dancefloor wreckage material, the flip Uprising is in fitting with the deep, meditative qualities that is synonymous with the Medi sound. Full of eastern promise and an overwhelmingly weighty bass element, the track rolls through packed with complex tribal-esque drum patterns, and draws Indian influence with delicate arrpeggiated string chords and an all-enveloping drone.This is warm and original dubstep at its best, one which we hope will mark Commodo’s arrival on the dubstep landscape as a gem in Medi’s already star studded crown.
Contributed by Oli/Murky