Sandman "No Prisoners (Alan Johnson Remix)"
- Words: Leo Maymind
Though they've worked individually as Stickman and Elsewhere, Tom Neilan and Gareth Kirby have more recently joined forces as the curiously named Alan Johnson, a duo which is clearly no stranger to the murky sonics of battered dub. Here, the production outfit has remixed Sandman's "No Prisoners" tune, transforming it into a deep well filled with clattering percussion, unfamiliar jungle sounds, and dingy vocal snippets. Not unlike they do on the recent "Goron Sound" b/w "Fickle" single for upstart label Blank Mind (artwork above), Neilan and Kirby feed off the all-but-forgotten fragments of early dubstep, and give the arrangement of "No Prisoners (Alan Johnson Remix)" a looseness that feels like stumbling through the darkness.
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