Every now and again I will be bringing you a short E.P. review of varying sounds from across the spectrum of 140bpm. These might be artists that have already solidified themselves deeply in the scene, or newcomers emerging from the depths. My aim is to push the sound of 140bpm and show how it can be bended and experimented with.
Now for me personally DE-TU are literally the best in the game right now. Their sound design and all around production ability is so specific and unique to themselves, it gets infectious listening to them. My only wish is that they released more music.
The duo have had some killer releases over the past two years, the most prominent in my eyes being their Infernal Sounds release.
I haven't exactly been on top of my writing over the past few months, with various things going on and technical difficulties with equipment, however the moment this release touched my inbox nearly 2 months ago, I knew I was gonna have to do some kind of review on it.
Its no secret that White Peach Records are one of the best labels in the underground dubstep, grime, bass music game right now, pushing top quality release after top quality release. It only feels right that DE-TU becomes part of their family. There aren't many releases that I can quite confidently say each track is completely different, yet ticks every kind of box possible within dubstep, & resonates with me on deeper kind of level. From the first atmospheric vocal on "Koshi" to the final wob on "Slap," it all fits effortlessly together.
DE-TU - Koshi:
Now this was a very difficult choice given that each track on the release is a personal favorite of mine, however, this track has to be the one for me. It has everything I look for within a track. A deep, atmospheric intro drawing you closer into the drop with vocals laced over the top. Flutes are another weak point of mine and this track has one of the cleanest flutes running throughout the entire core of the track.
What I love about DE-TU is that they never over do it with their production. They could of had a huge bouncing wob when it dropped, but instead they held off using that straight away and used a deep sub-bass alongside a gorgeous flute instrument. Later on in the track they introduce a deeper kind of wob which gives off the feeling that the production is constantly evolving. Huge track from the DE-TU boys.
DE-TU - Sippin:
Even though "Koshi" is my favorite from this release, "Sippin" has been the stand alone track that I've spun in almost every set I've been booked for over the last 2 months. Again this one just keeps evolving, as it progresses it gets even more darker, drawing you deeper into the track. The vocals slot so perfectly into the production as well.
DE-TU - Slap:
You couldn't pick a better name for a track because this production does exactly what it says. It slaps you about from side to side with some spacious, industrial wobs and a minimalistic drum pattern. This one really does comes out of nowhere, with an uplifting guitar rift that can be heard within the intro. Then... SLAP goes the drop with an ear splitting wob. The guitar rift vanishes while the gritty drop starts gaining more momentum, then the guitar creeps back in. Such an exquisite piece of music.
I'll be back with more reviews and charts very soon.