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MISSING LINK SOUNDS
Research into this little known London duo show’s that they are about as secretive as artists come. Their Myspace page consists of a definition of their name ("the fusion of man and machine, especially computer devices")and a picture of a masked and hooded manikin with a drum machine under one gloved hand and a small keyboard where the other would usually be. Having been played by Mary-Anne Hobbs and with a successful first release on the new Missing Link label, this second release on the label should be attracting interest from all over the scene.
On the A side, Fade is a hypnotic blend of lush pads and strings and really captures the sound of the more techno infused side of dubstep. The track opens with slow moving string sounds and stereo delayed chord stabs. A stuttering but also somewhat liquid sounding bassline emerges along with heavily delayed snares and crisp hats, but unfortunately the introduction of a vocal does nothing to enhance the track, as the lyrics lack any real originality or sparkle, and are somewhat monotonous.
The instrumental sections are very well produced and are reminiscent of Scuba's sparse liquid sounding synth’s. As an instrumental, this track would have been a melodic and enjoyable example of polished production but as a song it is fairly uninspiring.
On the other side of the disc, Question is a much more danceable and upbeat track with a driving and complex kick snare rhythm. This tune gives a nod to Headhunter's work, fusing repeated delayed chords with a steady and interesting beat, Though the structure of this tune is much simpler than Fade, it feels as though
Cessa are in more familiar territory when not having to focus on vocals. Instead they turn their attention to creating a smooth and flowing soundscape, holding interest through the use of delayed and evolving chords. Developing drum patterns introduce new fills and subtle rhythm changes to keep everything sounding fresh.
Again this track boasts really crisp production and uses impressive manipulation of delay, reverb and panning. Question would be just as at home on a dance floor as it would be on a lonely walk home. Definitely worth checking out.
The release is a really professional production which is refreshing to hear, with so many poorly mixed releases around on the dubstep scene. Though Fade is, to an extent spoiled by a poor vocal, Question is a great example of the talent and potential of this duo and the release is worth a listen, even if just for the B side.
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