|1||Apocalypse (Original Mix)||5:41||Play||£0.69||
|2||Grimewatch (Original Mix)||6:06||Play||£0.69||
“Combat Recordings just keep on popping them out. But each release is so strong they stand out from each other, and generally cater for all tastes. Whether you’re more of a dubstep head, electro junkie or old school raver, there is something for everyone in the Combat camp. This release, COMBAT013, is a double-header with new (to me) artists Komonasmuk & White Boi with the ever reliable and rising genius Cursor Miner on the flip. The A-side aptly titled 'Apocalypse’ is a halfstep, metallic, dubstep gem, with snarling bass and growling melody. Compared to the post-apocalyptic emphasis on side A, Cursor Miner does what he does best with 'Grimewatch’, an upbeat electro-tinged breakstep marvel. Fans of Si Begg will love the syncopated offbeat jarring prevalent throughout the track, which Cursor Miner aptly calls Spazz Funk.”, Rik Symmetrik (Hyponik, Bloc Weekend, Phonica Records, Little Detroit)
“Komonasmuk & White Boi, The Apocalypse” Side A sees 2 new sonic warriors on board the clan, appearing out of nowhere to deliver possibly of the heaviest halfstep tracks for this year Test copies surfaced in selected independent stores, all got snapped up within hours, and it’s not hard to see why : Apocalypse is immense work of snarling brutal bass and beats that’s only “dubstep” in the loosest sense of the word, it retains the genre’s heaviness and halfstep riddims, but thrusts everything far into a bleak, post-apocalyptic future wasteland, where you don’t so much meditate on bassweight as you do on burning skies, crushed cities and total annhilation of all civilisation.
Gigantic kickdrums work in mechanical harmony with growling earth-shaking subs; each beat knocks you back squarely in the chest, giving barely enough time to recover before the next one hits redline frequencies hiss and fizzle in a manner that would do Scorn and Vex’d proud. Dropped 3 times at trhe recent Bloc Weekend to devastating effect
The deviants for this work of destruction are Bristol’s White Boi & Komonasmuk. The latter culprit is veteran producer Kieran Lomax, better known for his heavy drum and bass rollouts as Ice Minus, on seminal labels like Hard Leaders, Tech Itch, Audio Couture, Moving Shadow and Ice Minus Recordings. Alongside production partner and Sub FM’s White Boi, they form part of the HENCH crew alongside Headhunter (Tempa / Acension), Tech Itch, Wedge and Jakes This crew is responsible for pushing a militant, powerful techy sound in dubstep that’s mirrored in producers like Vex’d, Distance, Blackmass Plastics, Crooked Man, Scan One, Mathhead, Stark Sound, Sully Shanks, Reso, Threnody and more The early waves of a darker electronic undercurrent within the genre. call it dubstep, call it industrial half-step etc, whatever it is, it’s fierce, fresh and will wreck total havoc on large soundsytems from the first drop.“Cursor Miner, Grimewatch” Lo Recordings mainstay and one of Combat’s arch-deviants Cursor Miner steps forth to deliver this chunky, slick electro-tinged breakstep mutant. Grimewatch possesses one of the bounciest basslines we’ve ever heard or felt for that matter. a huge elastic projectile ball of bass that pulls back, then flies out at you catapult-like, exploding in dub-like delays out in the distance behind. As featured on Mary Ann Hobb’s Experimental Show, as well as in her main-room DJ set at the recent Bloc Weekend.
This track has raised it’s cheeky head at Cursor’s various gigs for the past 3 years, mashed into his maniac peak-time live sets, as well as finding it’s way into the DJ sets of mavericks like Si Begg and Combat crew. Half electro, half dubby break-step and all attitude, it’s just another variant of Cursor’s spazz-funk (his own words), a very broad term to describe his typically skewed, off-kilter yet chunky, warm and insanely effective dancefloor releases. Expect the usual rolling, militant energy and glitchy hyper-edits of a Cursor production.
Dubplates of this 12” caused much havoc in the SmashBloc and TecBloc arenas at the 2007 Bloc Frstival, dropped by Rag & Bone crew, Stormfield and Mary Anne Hobbs.
© 2007-2013 Muvolution Ltd