Sonic: The Eye of Jupiter (Sneaker Social Club, 2020)

December 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sonic: The Eye of Jupiter

Drum ‘n’ bass veteran Sonic (Metalheadz, Reinforced, V, RAM, etc.) follows his debut album on Western Lore with a set for the currently unstoppable Sneaker Social Club. Most of the tracks are subdued and mystical rather than ecstatic, and they progress in ways that don’t always make obvious transitional leaps. Sometimes you’ll notice some detailed breaks pop up, but there’s also tracks like “Eastside Break” where a bassline you didn’t even realize was missing will show up halfway through and take the track to another level, even if the general atmosphere of the track hasn’t really changed. Some tracks feel a lot closer to breakbeat-driven techno than d’n’b, if that makes sense; the kick drums punch like techno kicks, it doesn’t have the same flow as d’n’b. It seems like club music yet it doesn’t. At least it’s not the most escapist kind of club music. “357” is every bit as much jungle as it is techno, and “No Rest (Stealing Voice)” is a sort of galloping dark new wave techno. “Aila” is a departure into Burial-esque future garage, but more stripped down, with pitch-shifted ethereal vocals lurking beneath a tense bassline.

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