Piledriving with etiquette
Spectrasoul - Delay No More

On a dubstep album by nature if not really by design, it’s yes to proper jungle basslines and drum ‘n’ bass taking its time, and no to that squinky sawtooth nonsense swerving across lanes. Despite Jack Stevens and Dave Kennett developing a Burial complex, they’re well served by their own schedule of piledriving with etiquette, on a naturally mysterious bass LP resistant to writing gimmicky fables, and stark without flying off the handle. ‘Sometimes We Lie’ and ‘Memento’ hark back to ‘intelligent’ D&B, with ‘Shackles’ going for broke in the opposite direction. The Brighton pair make tenterhooks a comfortable balance beam and darkness hospitable, married by an elegantly modern touch.

7/10

Words by MATT OLIVER
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