Feel It Feel It

EPs

V.I.V.E.K. V.I.V.E.K.Feel It

9 / 10

V.I.V.E.K. Feel It DEEP MEDI (MEDI-029, 2x12” plus cd mix + digital)

This is how the tracks on “Feel It” sound: slow, very slow, so slow that they give the feeling of enormous amounts of open space where silence rules, and if it’s not silence, it’s some kind of tense sonic wave, heavy, helping to create the feeling of suspense. Then there are breaks, very slow breaks, so slow that they enter that open space easily. And the space also allows for the presence of sub-bass so undulating, so heavy, so hard that they dislocate your intestines when they come in contact with your body. Not only do the bass lines enter like ultra-violet rays through that huge black hole manually constructed by V.I.V.E.K.: there’s also an opening somewhere which rugged voices filter through, reminiscent of The Spaceape, and ultimately more breaks arrive, more elaborated, coming from the past or from some other civilisation: Middle-Eastern textures, but spooky and unnerving. So that’s how the four tracks sound on this double vinyl with which V.I.V.E.K. establish themselves as one of the new artists to keep an eye out for in dubstep spheres and as one of the real protégés of Mala: they sound old school, like a mix between Kode9 and Shackleton, dark and tense. They sound like a galactic thriller in Arabia, like Pakistani colonisation of far away planets, they sound like the record Digital Mystikz never recorded for Skull Disco. And while we’re talking about DMZ, neither “Feel It” nor “Return II Space” belong to the present. They are dubstep works from a parallel universe, examples of how dubstep would have sounded if, instead of evolving towards pop, ambient or house, it would have evolved towards itself, towards it’s stomach and heart. An incredibly intense experience in four cuts on thick vinyl that take up 45 minutes more with the bonus CD mix that comes with the record. Records like these fill you up until you overflow. Javier Blánquez

V.I.V.E.K. - Feel It

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