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2nd Drop Records officially started in the womb like environs of Plastic People in London at a legendary dubstep and grime night called FWD>>. As regulars and best friends, labels owners Mark Gurney and...>>> Read more >
There are a number of producers who are known for being prolific; Roska, Cooly G, Benga to name a few, and now Gerry Read can be added to that list. The Cambridgeshire producer has only a handful of actual releases to his name, but a vault of hundreds. We can well imagine his hardrive straining from the sheer velocity of ideas that he sends our way. Raw, urgent and frequently off kilter, Gerry's production challenges your ears but always manages to lock in the groove. Roomland is classic Gerry, bristling with syncopated energy, driven along by crisply stretched rim shots, muted key stabs and a wickedly snakey shaker, only to be pierced by a killer synth line, which has won support from a host of key tastemakers and DJs including Untold and Ben UFO among others. On the remix, is rising star Youandewan, who has been getting love from the underground dance press, as well as a debut release of deeper dubstep orientated material on Skream's Disfigured Dubz label. Here the "north Londoner" delves deep under the skin of Roomland, digging out the underlying essence and subtly incorporating its rhythmic character into a reshaped, dubbed out house/ techno lather. You can still hear the slight broken beat, but the synths get more covert, almost throbbing away and building the pressure as the baseline peeks in and out; subtle and powerful. One of our favourite illustrators/ artists returns for his 3rd time to adorn the label artwork. Portuguese man of mystery UIU, delivers his most abstract design to date, an awkwardly symmetrical sludge of technicolor. Playful and oddly brilliant. Check out his further madness here: www.Uiu-Uiu.comFREE MP3s of Roomland by Gerry Read when you buy the VinylTerms & Conditions ApplyRelease date: 03/10/2011Format: 12" VinylGenre: Bass MusicCatalogue number: 2NDRP12015
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