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  • Filed under: MP3
  • 08/30/2013

First Listen

Sandman "No Prisoners (Alan Johnson Remix)"

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.

Average: 5.8 (152 votes)

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