The soulful, melodic side of dubstep never gets the love it deserves. With a vocalist like Alys Be, with a smoky, tempting voice, the potential of all that open space typical of tracks in the genre is realised.
Dark, atmospheric synths kick the song off, but quickly give way to warm, jazzy synths, bubbling over with soft reverb.
The beat is a classic too. Agile, flitting hi-hats fill the air between snare hits with aplomb.
Naturally, given the genre, a thick sub bassline simmers throughout the song, adding that extra depth. Just wouldn’t be the same without it!
You can find the song on a 2010 EP released by Sub Freq Recordings, alongside solid remixes from Silkie, Distance and Von D.
There’s more to New Order than ‘Blue Monday’. Although that’s a classic tune, the group’s earlier work is worth some attention.
Released in 1981 on Movement, ‘Senses’ is still recognisably influenced by the group’s Joy Division origins, although it does lead with a chunky synth bass and features the distinctive guitar sound seen on ‘Blue Monday’.
It feels experimental, a transitional stage. Although nobody really ‘got’ it at the time, the debut album has become a landmark retrospectively, even if it does seem a bit confused.
Blending traditional Brazilian styles and instruments with reggae is a new one to me. But as everyone knows, Brazil adds an extra layer of spiciness to everything. So of course it’s brilliant!
“Regal” actually isn’t that influenced by Brazilian styles compared to some tracks on the 2018 Rastramentals album, but it has a rich, live sound that contrasts with Dubkasm’s more digital sounding tracks. It owes more to jazz, another of the duo’s starting points for the LP.
It’s an easy jam, with improvisational piano and free flowing guitar. And like with jazz, when all elements of the song sync up, it’s a moment of bliss.