Notes on the latest releases from 2562 and Seba from electronic music reviewer, Noele Lusano.

2562 — Fever

Released by Tectonic Records, March 2011

A prolific pioneer of a sound all his own, the Dutch Dave Huismans has released a hefty handful of material as 2562 and A Made Up Sound over the  years. Fever is his third LP on Tectonic Records, offering up enough stylistic progression and bass weight to sate the devotees — there’s a lot more bass and smudged mids present than we’ve come to expect of the man (the gods are smiling on us all), and brushed up against his trademark crystalline, pinprick drums, the heft is all the more welcome.

As with much of his work, this is as much bass music as it is techno, and Huismans is at his best on “Aquatic Family Affair” and “This Is Hardcore,” two tight-knit productions that more than make up for the fact that a lot of the LP sounds more an exercise in rhythm and complexity than a dance record. Worth your time, though, if you’re a fan of innovative electronic music — when 2562 shines, he shines bright.

Seba — Vanity / Nostalgia

Released by Warm Communications, February 2011

I wish everyone would quit knocking drum and bass. Alright, the genre has gone a little bit pear-shaped in the last decade, but there are still a number of legendary producers doing great things within the template of D&B — D-Bridge, Calibre, Marcus Intalex and Seba are just a few of them.

Seba, hailing from an unlikely Stockholm, Sweden has been putting out quality D&B since the days of LTJ Bukem’s Looking Good, and while his latest offering on Texan Warm Communications isn’t exactly paving new frontiers within the genre, it’s as good a place as any to get your fill of deadly subbass and atmospheric riddims — and dare I say, a far better source than much of the unruly skullstep/doomstep/whateverstep that so much of dubstep has tragically devolved into.

“Nostalgia” is heavyweight D&B, emotive and hyperactive both, while the rumbling “Vanity” on the B-side slows it down to a more introspective pace. Indeed, some stories are best told at 160 BPM.

~ By Noele Lusano