Skream’s Disfigured Dubz Imprint kicks off 2011 with this killer melodic slice from Bristol’s Phaeleh. Disfigured Dubz are up to their 12th release and the last few have really helped shap the overall sound with Truth’s jazzy double pack and then the more recent Instra:mental & Von D double A-side ‘Yoyeur’ – “a banger that never actually bangs” – bringing in a sense of deep thought and deliriously deeper sounds.
It’s this halfway house of chilled vibes that’s so perfect for the South London bus ride and also the later night discerning club dancefloor that Phaeleh picks up on so well with this next release from the growing imprint. Melody is key as the vocal snippets and splices move things along into some cloudy breezy haze that comes across like Joy Orbison’s day dream – its evident this is a true beauty. A simple drum track that progresses with ease with the vocals and ease of movement does taking you back to the heady acid house/hardcore days, yet with less harsh breaks and certainly no ragga mc business. The breakdowns throw in some more moody weather systems and that well rounded bass to bring the whole thing home with class.
On the flip, Kulture, fellow Disfigured Dubz artist aims straight at that early 90’s feel and adding a straight amen break to proceedings. Yet the beauty isn’t lost, as this isn’t a throw away jump remix but yet another intricate production that uses the original ideas as a firm foundation – this one has a swing and movement that will have the chilled heads nodding and the front row skanking too. All in all, another well crafted and must hear Disfigured Dubz release.