At this point in the brief history of—excuse us—"post-dubstep," the genre's trademarks are already beginning to wear thin. There are only so many '90s R&B acapellas left to sample and sun-bleached synth tones one can program before the style grows repetitious, so artists looking to mine that sonic realm should instead concern themselves with its next mutation—or at least the refining of its ideas. On his debut EP, In Your Gut Like a Knife, young UK producer Gang Colours takes a few stabs at cutting out his own niche in the post-dubstep sound, just managing to breach the surface.
"Fireworks in Pocket" is a valiant attempt at distilling the airy soul of Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers standout tracks into the kind of club-appropriate jam theirs could never be: its sampled hook is instantly memorable, its sub-bassline is thick and tasteful, its melody is subtle yet infectious, and it boasts a groove you could drop between mid-tempo house and dubstep tunes alike. The EP's title track exists in similar sonic territory, but is noticeably more somber and sparse. It closes out Gang Colours' four-track offering, and could be the best and most unique production available on it.
The remaining two songs on In Your Gut Like a Knife sound more like audio experiments—noisy filler to take up space between the meatier cuts. Both "Village & City" and "Dance Around the Subject" lack the human element of their counterparts, and ultimately fail when trying to make up for those soulful vibes with rubbery sound effects and faster tempos. As a whole, Gang Colours' record deserves a few spins from any fan of the evolving UK bass sound, but its creator will certainly need a swatch of fresher hues on his next outing.