SBTRKT review


“…let the music speak for itself.” – Aaron Jerome

Out of London, England comes one of the freshest new names in the dance scene, that really isn’t a name at all. Aaron Jerome’s alias is about “giving them (DJs) a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it.” A cunning move in today’s scene, where it seems everyone wants to be a household name, SBTRKT even wears tribal masks and headdresses to portray himself less as a person and more of a spirit. He has been behind some noteworthy remixes in the past, and SBTRKT has taken a different approach to the process, using various vocalists with their own distinct personalities in his

His self titled album opens with a banging remix that’s almost 20 minutes long. “From Arctic To Alpine” is a bonus track full of alternate versions and all-new material. It’s forward thinking, and unlike most tracks now labeled “dubstep” it isn’t just about sounding like electronic power tools. “Hold On” evokes the other end of the mid 90’s house anthems, focussing on bass beats and chimes. Trials Of The Past” has a cool, relaxing feel, while personal favourite “Wildfire” is powerful and empowering.

The whole album is quintessentialy ideal for after hours fun, the perfect soundtrack for the late hours of the night and the early hours of the morning. The BBC’s Natalie Shaw has described him as a potential successor to Timbaland in terms of production value and possible demand, an enormous accolade for someone that only started up in 2010. Dubstep is definitely in, and SBTRKT has reworked into something beautiful rather than boisterous. The trick is making almost a lack of grinding noise and cacophony, and using the minimalism to tell its own story.

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