• Boxcutter - Oneiric

    Reviewed by Boomkat (Boomkat)

    <b> Boxcutter </b> - Oneiric

    Having more than whetted the Dubstep community's seething appetite through a couple of mighty 12"s over on Mu and Hotflush, Boxcutter has found the time to lay out a full-fat album brimming with grubby bass, heavy beats and all manner of electronic dovetails. Pretty much the sole torch-carrier for the Northern Irish dubstep scene, Barry Lynn (aka Boxcutter) makes the kind of lead-heavy missives which share the cross-over appeal of Burial or VEX'D, whilst keeping a foot firmly in the more electronically-founded margins of the genre. Opening with previous 12" 'Tauhid' (sounding just as skittery as it did on release), Boxcutter proceeds to chew the back-end off all manner of digitally fractured beats; with the likes of 'Grub', 'Rikta' and 'Brood' borderline AFX in their gnarled manipulation of the silicon. Really hitting his stride on the barnstorming 'Skuff'd' and 'Silver Birch Solstice', Lynn is yet another member of the ever-swelling dubstep scene who is willing (and able) to introduce a broader palate of sounds, ensuring the genre continues to flourish and, most crucially, avoid the stagnation so prevalent in anything that gets tagged 'underground'. With some huge albums due in the near-future (Burial, Skream etc.), 2006 is looking likely to be remembered as the year dubstep came of age. Diamond cut.

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