With the Chord Marauders having established a eminent presence as one of the more refreshing avenues currently pursued within the 140 template, Congi’s ‘Tidal Fragments’ surges track-by-track with reinforcement as to reasoning behind this stature. The meticulously constructed drums hit with astouding clarity as they seamlessly swing and syncopate. A sea of spaciously dubbed atmospheres blanket the album’s paradigm of soulful melody, paving avenue for an airy, almost celestial cover-to-cover listening experience. While I dare not bore you with an exhaustive review of the entire album, there are a couple standout tunes I must bring into the feature. Firstly, ‘Scales, Steps, & Intervals’ is an absolute gem. Congi & B9 on the track together is never going to disappoint, but this one is truly something special. Secondly, ‘Lost Path’ hits a deep nerve with me. The melancholic atmosphere, the punchy sub notes, and off-kiltered snares all form a very cohesive and powerful message when in the presence of each other, and this track really grabs hold of mind and emotion.
In a scene saturated with dark and sinister aesthetics, hearing the uplifting melodies of Trashbat brings a potent batch of clarity to the senses. Alongside artists like B9, Jafu, Geode, Anex, Author and Vaun among others, Trashbat has curated a movement of support for the dubstep-jazz-dub sonic lovechild. Following the ‘Koanashi’ EP released March’13, Trashbat returns to MindStep with another five-pack of soulfully warm, sub-heavy serenades. The lush piano in ‘Dreaming of Fiji’ is an immediate temptress, inviting your mind and soul into a field of rolling, reverberated tones. ‘The Principles of Evil Made Fresh’ carries the warmth and depth of Fiji into a fusion of swing and breaks, leading us to the melodically powered jazz-dub halfstepper, ‘Hanako’ – one of the finest integrations of jazz, dub, and bass I’ve heard. ‘Shine’ brings a swinging LFO alongside words from one of the West Coast’s finest. The EP is sealed by the mark of Trashbat & Vaun on ‘Ardent’. Without the slightest inkling of doubt in my mind, this is my persy. The beauty of this track is unfathomable in a linguistic context. Just close your eyes and feel the sounds of bliss.