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Starkey Starkbass

  • Words: Matt Earp
  • Label: Lo Dubs
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

Starkey’s productions brilliantly ride the jagged line between hip-hop, grime, and dubstep, so it’s exciting to get a glimpse of the musical peers he thinks are creating similar sounds. The mix is packed with crazy blipped-out synths, over-the-top crashing wobble effects, maddeningly complex beats, and a nearly endless supply of relentless, manic energy. Listen closely and you can pick out the differences between Raffertie’s teeth-rattling tweak-outs, BD1982’s dubbier productions, and Wonder’s straight rawness, but the breakneck pace may leave you disoriented. As long as you can handle the ride, Starkbass is a superb mix.

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