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02 05 :24
03 04 :29
ARTIST
TITLE
J: Kenzo
FORMAT
2x12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
TEMPA 020LP TEMPA 020LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/4/2012

This is the debut LP from J:Kenzo, producer of recent dubstep hits "The Rotek's" and "Ruffhouse." Eleven tracks featuring dancefloor instrumentals, club-tested to devastating effect by DJs Youngsta, N-Type, Distance and more. Radio plays from Skream and Benga, Mary-Anne Hobbs, and Mistajam. Of his deep, dark and sub-heavy music J:Kenzo states: "It is dubstep like it was when it first came out. Stripped-down beats and bass, quite simply." Throughout the album's length, there are flickers of electro riffage and monstrous drops, but what's striking about J:Kenzo's tracks is how powerfully and carefully each element is utilized. When he first came across the sound developing at FWD>> and DMZ, something clicked. As he honed his production skills, his tracks developed the open-minded feel that has become his calling card. The album continues to show off that diversity. Although still unmistakably dubstep, it channels a range of other sounds -- dub's woozy skank, twisting conga lines, blistering electro synths, techno momentum, and grime makes an appearance too, with Newham Generals' MC Footsie on "No Man's Land." "Eyes Wide Open," meanwhile, boldly shows off dubstep's ability to be a uniquely flexible form of pop music. While the majority of dubstep that hits the charts is shorn of all subtlety, here its half-sung, half-whispered lyrics and gorgeous descending arpeggio turn oceanic halfstep into a deep, meditative vocal track, equally at home in headphones, on late-night radio or cutting through the crowd at FWD>>. And therein lies the root of J:Kenzo's appeal -- remaining tied to dubstep's core values while pushing it along new pathways.