Dave Huismans, aka 2562‘s last release, Aerial remains in top circulation on my music library, well over a year past its release last summer. I first heard his music through Dubstep Allstars 6 and some of DJ Pinch’s mixtapes. I managed to catch him live in NYC one night and it’s safe to say, he’s pushing the envelope in the still ever-evolving genre of dubstep.
Bristol-based Tectonic recordings just released his newest album Unbalance and once again 2562 delivers. 2562 creates a universe far more ambiguous than Aerial. The tracks are more house-inspired and stray from the typical snare rhythms found in recent dubstep releases. Like Aerial, Unbalance will keep you flowing in your headphones and 2-stepping in a club, a feat that isn’t easily achieved.
‘Flashback’, ‘Dinosaur’, ‘Narita’ and ‘Love in Outer Space’ are the tracks on the album that stick out the most to me and while Unbalance lacks the spacious atmosphere and cohesive energy that Aerial had, it still plays from start to finish without any jarring moments. 2562 is meshing break beat, house, techno and dubstep almost flawlessly. The one thing that the album is missing are hooks, or catchy beats that djs would play in sets. Other than that, I have no complaints and it’s totally worth the buy.
I would classify this album with artists like Pinch, Martyn, Appleblim and Shed. Love the artwork too. A great piece by Vector Meldrew.
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