Review: Genetix – Part 1 [BFR011]

Closely associated with the likes of Datsik, Borgore, and Funtcase for their tear-out filthy sound, Genetix have been twisting souls and obliterating dance floors world wide. The whole UKF “Brostep” movement has enjoyed remarkable success, and as much as it pains me to say, it’s now the sound associated with the term, dubstep. This shouldn’t bother the “purists” much because the original, deeper sound is evidently on the rise, with a vast amount of credible material in circulation. The duo’s debut 12” on Artikal Music late last year was well received by both music fans, and DJs, who gave the record phenomenal support. With a forthcoming two part EP on Biscuit Factory, Genetix have once again proven they can easily adapt their skills to build productions of the highest calibre to accommodate the deeper side of Dubstep. And like their first outing with Artikal, the six track offering has been met with favourable support. With consistent rotation in the sets of N-Type, Youngsta, J:Kenzo and Walsh himself, the evidence is clear that both records will be a bag-on-site purchase.

Part 1 opens with ‘Going In’ featuring Genetix’s host, Skydro. The MC’s vocals are nicely layered and aptly placed over the rumbling bassline and warping SFX. But it’s the rigorous percussion alternating every 16-bars which embellishes the track with greater sonic depth and maximum drive. Swelling with energy, it’s certainly a powerful plate to draw for if your mix requires a swift injection of venom. On the flip, the potent formula is carried with a tribal edge. ‘Mindrise’, a bongo driven groove is cocooned by trademark warping synths and twisting Reece bass. The eerie soundscape lingering over the gritty textures enriches the track with a cinematic touch as if you were in a virulent jungle siege. The EP’s digital bonus track ‘24.7 Re-Flex’, swings as if it were a bongo refix to ‘Going In’. The groove’s aesthetics are enveloped by distorting electro riffage and intricate Eastern percussion, which of course is all underpinned by subliminal sub-bass.

Part 1 is a true testament to the duo’s diverse sound and universal craftsmanship. By venturing into the deeper side of the sound, Genetix have effectively struck a balance between mid range riffs and bass driven grooves creating their own little niche of ‘minimal tear-out’. If Biscuit Factory is a label dedicated to all spectrums of Dubstep music, it would appear that Genetix fall into the imprint’s mantra of pushing emerging producers to the fore front of the scene.

BFR011 is out now and available from Juno Download.

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