Referencing years of technical and creative experience as well as an irreplicable knack for exploration within the 140 sound and beyond, dubstep trailblazer Sleeper extended his tastemaking musical palette onto his very own imprint just three years ago. Through the birth of Crucial Recordings the label has allowed other artists the chance to echo the philosophies of the label’s forward facing values with their own musical outputs. Now, the sonically open minded and ferociously curious label-head is poised to once again undertake the mighty voice of the label himself with the release of Smoke and Mirrors (CRUCIAL017), featuring four highly anticipated, dancefloor ready tracks that simultaneously teeter the lines between simple and complex in all the right ways, while never losing sight of emanating sound system focused style.
Smoke and Mirrors clearly demonstrates that while the darker styles of dubstep will always reign supreme in Sleeper’s extensive output, he’ll never shy away from flexing his production muscles, as he’s been known more recently for taking his forward-thinking creativity and sound design expertise to new heights while always allowing for his own musical personality to shine through. While each of Smoke and Mirrors’ four tracks delivers their own uniquely powerful blend of eyes down, experimental, beat driven flare, it’s the release’s second track, “Greens” that really has us buzzing.
Between its delightfully disjointed percussive patterns, gritty baselines, subtle yet commanding vocal samples and, most notably, a swirling, cerebral melody that immediately grasps listeners where they stand, “Greens” shatters genre boundaries and challenges conventions with its unrelenting attitude. Put simply: it’s tracks like these that signify the true impact that ingenuity and forward-facing freshness has within the dubstep genre.
“Greens,” along with the rest of Sleeper’s Smoke and Mirrors (CRUCIAL017) collection, will be released on April 27 through digital and physical formats; both of which can be purchased in advance through the provided links.