(from TEMPA ALL-STARS VOL. 3, TEMPA 2006)
Like ‘Biggest Chopper’, the main thing that strikes you about ‘Rubber Chicken’, listening to it now, is just how weird it is. It almost sounds made on the fly, with big wobbles – mixed down at about triple the volume of anything else on the track – daubed over the top of a haunted house loop and distant drums.
‘EARTH A RUN RED’
(SOUL JAZZ, 2006)
Yes, there’s at least 10 Digital Mystikz singles that could’ve made this list, but Mala and Coki’s work on their own DMZ imprint is so frequently revered that their excursions on other labels are often overlooked. Ignore this one at your peril.
See also: Coki – ‘Haunted; Coki – ‘Tortured’
(DEEP MEDI, 2007)
“To be honest when I lost my confidence it was the middle of 2007. I started writing tunes like ‘Disco Rekah’. I think that’s utter bullshit that tune … To me, it’s dishonest. I remember sitting down in my studio and thinking ‘I have to write a tune that gets a rewind, I have to write a tune for the dance.’ And every time I heard it after it got released, I was like ‘why did I make it?” – In case you weren’t aware, Loefah, pretty much the king of ice cold, minimal dubstep from that period hates ‘Disco Rekah’. He’s basically the only one.
See also: Loefah – ‘Mud’
JOKER & JAKES
A bootleg of Joker’s debut single ‘Gully Brook Lane’ and Jakes’ ‘3kout’, ‘3k Lane’ amped the former’s potential to cause damage on dancefloors even higher, while adding some much needed colour to the turgid latter.
See also: Maniac – ‘Three Crows’