Decoder

Decoder

Concussion

Tech Itch

Oh man. I think Decoder just knocked a flowerpot off of my windowsill. Jeez.

Decoder is a mainstay of the tech-step halls, frequented by the No-U-Turn crew, Dom & Roland, Optical, and Johnny L. Essentially, tech-step strips all vestiges of soul left in drum n’ bass, giving it a menacing, sterile feel. Stomach-churning basslines, occasional squleches, samples and brittle drums make Decoder and his mates some of the tougher kids on the block. Tech-step takes drum n’ bass from its rickety, shambling foundations, and occasional utopian impulses into a bleak and bitter futuristic zone. But while stiffening the joints, we lose some of the loose-limbed freakiness of DJ Soulsinger and Casey Rice. It’s an urban jungle now.

There’s not a moment on here you wouldn’t expect to hear on a Decoder album, but when repetition and consistency are the hallmarks of the field you work in, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Tech Itch Recordings, techitch@virgin.net, http://www.techitch.com

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