The sun may be shining outside but as ever deep within the chambers of the Icicle studios theres a chill in the air. Having honed his 140bpm skills to an exact science, Shogun get ready to showcase his first full dubstep EP thats sure to please the hoards of electronic music aficionados around the world. With all but one of the tracks featuring on his upcoming Rinse:19 mix album, this is yet another essential slice of Icicle for the collection.
With heavy DJ support throughout the scene Acid Step has been burning dance floors for many months now. Cold is an understatement as the stabbing riff intros amongst some creeping pads before it rolls into a heady mix of super low end and sparse but deadly drums. Tech-dub-step in the making. The title track BNC ups the pressure a little with a more jacking groove designed to make you move. Syncopated rhythms and off-kilter percussion rule here as Icicle gets well and truly into the zone.
The curiously titled Need A Job takes things tougher as a thick kick and bass combo smash the speakers hard while distant vox and percussion take turns in leading the way. Expertly arranged, this one never loses the hook. Finishing off is Together In The Dust, a masterclass in how to make undiluted, space-aged dubstep that fans and producers alike would do well to abide by. A fine to way to finish off what must be one of Icicles finest releases to date.