28 March 2007
Another name to add to the growing list of Bristol-based dubstep labels: Mode Recordings. Mode will be tapping into the vast resources of the local scene, along with some choice international artists. The first release is due to drop this week, featuring the long overdue vinyl debut of White Boi (left) in collaboration with Komazmuk. The A side is 'Shank Step' (as featured in the mix I recorded for riddim.ca last July) with 'Bless' on the flip, perfectly showcasing the high production values and textural depth that these guys bring to the agenda. Muted trumpets parry and thrust with wraith-like vocal swoons, spooked-out echo droplets and fibrous layers of dub-tissue flicker across these typically brooding halfstep workouts. As anyone who tunes into Wedge's weekly Sub FM radio show will know, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There's already an enormous backlog of material waiting in the wings, but hopefully Mode's commitment to a monthly release schedule (which will also be available to download via Boomkat's MP3 boutique shortly) will help to redress the balance.