ANGELS DUB EP (FRIJSFO BEATS)
Italy's Marco Donnarumma indicated some of the potential of his KUOY+H project with last April's digital release for Frijsfo Beats, earning enthusiastic tips from all good sources.
His debut on wax ups the game with the application of a dubwise 2-step focus capable of working pure magic in 2010's open-ended dubstep dance.
Although it's a well-worn comparison, it's fair to suggest that 'Angel Dub' most readily compares with Horsepower Productions, or more precisely the ducking 2-step and Basic Channel steals of Benny Ill's & Hatcha's classic 2003 EP on Tempa.
In Kuoyàh's case, a sunstroked and hazy quality makes the sound the producer's own, and a judicious electronica dimension expands the arrangement without falling into the trap of aiming for a self-conscious "more clever" plane.
The same is true of the more downtempo 'Asia', which turns up the dub channel to find hordes of space-echo revenants chasing around.
The thoroughly dust-less grooves of common soundsystem samples are absent, though, dropped for an unexpected reversioning of Artificial Intelligence bleep tones.
On 'Soldiers', Donnarumma's background in ambient and electroacoustic music is more obvious, as half-dismantled bundles of beats manifest themselves in just the right wrong places.
Finally, the immediate headline-grabber is Sully's 'Angels Dub' remix, and not without good reason.
It's another great Jack Stevens beat, with pummelling sub-bass, arpeggios scrambled almost in the style of Zomby and an uncharacteristically martial drum track beating out something like an Addison Groove juke pattern.