Heavyweight, futurist dub from a cross-generational pairing of sound systems masters. The culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks. Evocative of a long and strange journey from dusk til dawn, it finds the highest common factor between the two producer’s techniques. Pinch’s electronic pulse meeting Sherwood’s analogue FX units head on.
The resulting collaboration touches on sci-fi dystopia on ‘Shadowrun’, the urban swing of UK garage on ‘Gimme Some More’, on interstellar nineties ambient dub on ‘Wild Birds Sing’, and the mystical minimalism of Pinch’s first releases on ‘Africa 138’ – but none of these stylistic diversions are out of place; they all seem completely of a piece with the incessant bass pressure that runs under everything.
Adrian Sherwood built up a vast catalogue of muisc through the 1980s as head of the sprawling dub-electro collective that was On-U Sound, which emerged from a fertile post-punk scene that was embracing Jamaican rhythms, working with members of The Slits, Public Image LTD and The Pop Group on a series of groundbreaking albums. Later on in the decade he was massively influential on the nascent US industrial scene, lending his production skills to classic releases by Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Skinny Puppy, not to mention his epic club remixes of Depeche Mode.
Pinch has become revered as a dubstep stalwart, highly respected for his own tunes, making connections with an older tradition of heavy bass music by releasing an album by dub legend Scientist on his own Tectonic imprint, and exploring the furthest reaches of grime, jungle and techno via collaborations with the likes of Mumdance, Shackleton and Photek.