New arrival from the [Naked Lunch] camp indelibly stamped with the production Boddika up against a Skudge refix of some vintage Instra:mental heat. “Grand Prix” arises with a cavernous subby bounce, the track is soon invaded by onrushing hi’s and kicks before swerving into a downward spiral of bass and rave stabs. A former [Naked Lunch] glory in “Vicodin” is revisited by Skudge, transforming the frosted atmospherics of Instra:mental’s original into a constantly brooding 4am wall rattler.
When combining the energy of Berghain and Panorama Bar, together with a (in context) unusual side of dubstep, the Sub:stance club manages to take out the best of both “sides” – and fuse them into a concrete monster. Even though the sharp and ambitious sound may seem a bit uneasy as well as clever, the direction in which Sub:stance is going seems more natural than ever. Keeping the essence of the sounds that define dubstep, as well as the tempos, structure and attitude while fusing them together with a very techno-fied city and all the inspiration, aspiration as well as unique sense of bass music – Scuba seems more than just fit to create a mix CD of it all.