Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Austrian newcomers DubApes drop this free download in support of their forthcoming 'We Are Monkeys' EP on Bacon Dubs, a relatively young label whose early releases saw them nominated for dubstepforum.com's Best New Label Award in January.
This debut four-track serves as a strong showcase of the production duo's talents and influences: incorporating earthy roots, intricate drum patterns and an inventive approach to melody; there is within each tune a nod not only to how, you can imagine, the pair were first introduced to the sort of rolling rhythms and basslines to be found here, but also how they have developed that taste in order to produce something indicative of just one potential future form for the sound. So whilst there may be the somewhat familiar mid-range tugs and growls, they are, each time, coupled with sounds either original or tipping their figurative hat to the history of soundsystem culture. 'Africa Calling' is perhaps the best example of this here, and arguably the strongest track on the EP as it suggests an alternative, less-urbane origin to the repetitive element of rhythms which we now associate with electronic dance music on a wider scale.
The 'We Are Monkeys' EP will be released on the 30th of July and can be pre-ordered here.
'Questions', available here as a free download, is a similar exercise in hybridity and cohesion as it blends samples from the Orient with melodic percussion, and adds a distinctly-2012 dose of mid-range to top its sub-line.
Free download: DubApes - Questions [WAV]
Free download: DubApes - Questions [320kbps mp3]