Deadbeat: Eight LP (Blkrtz) Took me an age to pen shit about the last Deadbeat album and I'm probably gonna fuck it up by writing about his follow up so soon. But this release has said enough in its time for me to pen something half decent.
It's not as good as 'Drawn and Quartered', which sunk its claws in so deep that it ended up being my favourite album of last year. In comparison, 'Eight' is an accomplished selection of tracks, produced and considered to within an inch of its existence…but nothing more.
It runs the gamut of everything the micro genre of dub-techno has to offer, in a similar vein to 'Drawn…', but it lacks narrative. The housier 4/4 stuff doesn't seem to go anywhere, not that it has to. But it's only on the latter tracks like 'Horns of Jericho' and 'Yard' that he manages to eke out a more distinct sound. The latter is easily the best track on here; ramshackle rhythms that ride rough-shod over clattering freeform synths and sustained dread.