As the hype grows with the Magnetic Man collective of Dubstep producers, any additional pushes are bound to do nothing but help as they work towards a collaborative album together. Although Artwork is yet to put out a full-length release, Benga put out albums in both 2006 and 2008 and Skream did one in 2006. The latter of them was also lucky enough to follow this up in the mean time as he dropped "Outside the Box" midway through 2010.
This album appears to be a release there to school those who think they know Dubstep. Casual fans of it tend to go for the much more general, booming bass stuff, whereas in reality there's a lot to it. He's sure to do this from the very start of the album. He opens things up with "Perforated", in which he gives an ambient sound-scape as an introduction before expanding outwards towards more conventional tracks. He shows that there are a number of different directions to take it in, other than just the club-directed stuff.
He comes in with that filthy stuff that all are bound to be down for on "Wibbler", most notably, but then has just as much to shout about as he kills it when attacking Future Garage on "How Real". It's really one for the fans of the genre who've been at it for some time and understand its roots. He may not get as much into the Dub Reggae side of things, but ensures that in other places he completely rips it apart and doesn't just go half way with showing what he's capable of as a beatmaker.
Although he may play up to the clubs a lot, there's a lot going on here and it makes for a very complete album. He comes in hard with a fusion of rough Jungle breaks and soulful Liquid Funk synth on "The Epic Last Song". He's always sure to offer something refreshing an interesting to ensure that it isn't just simply a Dubstep album and plays up to a number of crowds. Of course, this album has a lot of big, memorable drops which leaves it interesting, but he's also able to leave smooth breaks as he does on "A Song for Lenny" as he takes the edge off the many powerful cuts which are bound to force the listener to jump up out of their seats.
The Hip Hop community out in the US has shown a liking for Dubstep recently and so it's no surprise to get a representative of that scene for this record. MURS turns up to lend a hand to the vocals on "8 Bit Baby" as he drops some exciting rhymes to show that the underground community in this genre is in with it just as much as more commercial names like Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj are. Where the vocals are concerned here, other than raps you also get La Roux and lesser-knwon singer complementing the interesting instrumental work found through the LP.
If faults had to be identified then it would be how he does spend quite a bit of time trying to balance-out the many different sounds on the album and it does become a little tiresome when he slows down the pace, but its not a major issue. Dubstep releases have to be careful not to be so raw throughout and it seems that he done well to prevent that from being the case, but some are bound to get a little tired of the slower sections here.
Overall, this is a very strong album from Skream. It's split up into the more commercially-friendly Dubstep in the first half and then it gets into much more dense material that doesn't tend to receive all that much attention. It's a recommended album and if you haven't already heard tunes like "Wibbler", "Where You Should Be" and "I Love The Way", then you've got some catching up to do.
1. "Perforated" **Four Stars**
2. "8 Bit Baby" (feat. MURS) **Five Stars**
3. "CPU" **Five Stars**
4. "Where You Should Be" (feat. Sam Frank) **Five Stars**
5. "How Real" (feat. Freckles) **Five Stars**
6. "Fields of Emotion" **Five Stars**
7. "I Love the Way" **Five Stars**
8. "Listenin' to the Records On My Wall" **Five Stars**
9. "Wibbler" **Five Stars**
10. "Metamorphosis" **Five Stars**
11. "Finally" (feat. La Roux) **Four Stars**
12. "Reflections" (feat. dBridge & instra:mental) **Four Stars**
13. "A Song For Lenny" **Four Stars**
14. "The Epic Last Song" **Four Stars**
1. "Give You Everything" **Five Stars**
2. "Do U Know" **Five Stars**
3. "Amity Step" **Five Stars**
4. "Organic" **Five Stars**
5. "Stand Up" **Five Stars**
6. "WTF" **Five Stars**
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 8 Bit Baby - Skream & Murs
4 Where You Should Be - Skream & Sam Frank
5 How Real - Skream & Freckles
6 Fields Of Emotion
7 I Love The Way
8 Listenin' To The Records On My Wall
11 Finally - Skream & La Roux
12 Reflections - Skream & dBridge/Instra:Mental
13 Song For Lenny
14 Epic Last Song, The