Deadbeat: Drawn & Quartered LP (BLKRTZ) Almost afraid of stapling words to this. Its been on heavy rotation ever since it came out but I've only decided to write something about it since I purchased it on vinyl recently. Possibly the most compelling statement of modern dub ever made. Absolutely works as a complete whole and almost resembles a near perfect DJ set. Whilst the vinyl version fucks with the program and flips the track order around, its the 5-track CD version thats always going to stay with me.
You know what, picking out highlights seems unfair, but I'm gonna do it anyway….the propulsive pressured throb of the 'Second Quarter' is pure bass nirvana, but manages to retain an air of glow and drift without ever slipping into jackhammer territory. But is even outdone by the incredibly satisfying 4/4 shimmer of the 'Fourth Quarter'. The classic reggae horn drop in the 'Fifth Quarter' is totally sublime and unexpected and steers the album's conclusion towards the origins of dub.
If I wrote this back in 2011….hands down, it would have been my album of the year.