It’s been over six months since the last release on Distance’s genre-defining imprint. Mesck’s superb CHST037 was a great way to end 2015 and it looks like the label’s starting the new year in a similar place to where they left off last year.
The latest addition to Distance’s label sees another Chestplate artist back for his first outing since 2014. This is also Leon Switch’s second solo release in the last two years and, as you’d hope, the latest EP from the producer is everything you’d want…
CHST038 is short and sweet, with two tracks ably demonstrating the ability and expertise we’ve come to associate with Leon Switch.
The EP opens with Intrepid; a production that highlights the resurgence of grime influences in the 2016 dubstep sound – simple, yet effective, synth stabs layered over explosive percussion that brings with it some seriously powerful low-end. It’s a refreshing sound to hear from the London-based producer, and one we know a lot of you have been waiting for.
The B-side Overlook reinforces what we’ve long known: when it comes to atmospherics, few producers are able to match what Leon Switch is able to create. Overlook evokes that Kryptic Minds sound but adds a fresh, perhaps solo-driven, outlook. As the sample states at opportune moments during the track, “you’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else”.
If Leon Switch keeps producing material like this, that’s not something to complain about…
Leon Switch’s CHST038 drops 08/04/16
Buy the digital here and find the vinyl in all good record stores.
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