Macc & dgoHn
Some Shit Saaink

By Kone-R

 
Anyone remember when drill & bass was coined as a subgenre of electronic music back in the 90s? It was basically an attempt to pigeonhole anything over 150bpm that wasn't quite the sort of thing you might catch Grooverider et al playing in the raves, usually because it was just too damn complicated for the average dancing feet. It was reserved for the sort of lunacy that was coming primarily from some of the UK's electronica field leaders and what they were doing at that time: Richard James, Luke Vibert, Mike Paradinas. All of them could be found placing their own unique spin on that seemingly unassailable sound of the British suburbs — drum & bass. Not surprisingly for such a ridiculous moniker, it fell by the wayside in a way that didn't befall the talents of its progenitors. If Some Shit Saaink (album title of the year, right there) had been released at that time it would no doubt have been lumped into said category — because it's drum & bass, Jim, but not as we know it.

Robert 'Macc' Macciochi and Jon 'dgoHn' Cunnane are a pair of East London lads who, after several years releasing on a string of labels, have honed their art down to a tee. Make no mistake, there are drums (lots of) and there is bass (of the 'large drop' variety) but that's where the similarity ends. Pendulum this is not. The breakbeats are super-complex, providing constant curveballs as though a modern Art Blakey were rinsing them directly from the source. For this is future jazz — but don't think Full Cycle or Reprazent, this is real jazz, music that retains a truly experimental and boundary-pushing edge. And just like all the best drum & bass, It's dark. Right from the off 7C 1020 sets the template as the fractured and frenetic rhythms are underpinned by moody atmospherics and punctuated by abstract voices — there's no diva vocal or faux sax to be heard here. The production too is spot on. Eschewing the current trend among d&b producers to use large amounts of compression to try and make everything sound AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE, Macc & dgoHn employ a careful balance that always ensures crispness and space in the mix.

The album has apparently been licensed by Rephlex from Subtle Audio — a five track EP (confusingly sharing the same title but with totally different tracks) has been available in a digital format from the Rephlex website since its relaunch at the start of the year, but only now are they dropping the full album. With a slew of new 'braindance' on the horizon from the label, Some Shit Saaink not only reassures the public that messrs James and Wilson-Claridge are still very much on the money with their ears, it also proves that it is possible to take an aging canine and have it exhibit some pretty fresh shit.
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