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Album Review: Plastician – Start, Select, Reset EP

By on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 at 1:00 pm

Dubstep and heavy electronic music has always been as familiar to me as a decent performance onscreen is to Daniel Radcliffe. It’s just not my scene. But it isn’t going away and if I don’t embrace it, well, I should be prepared to be left behind. Plastician is definitely a good place to start in my adventure into the realms of the wob wob wobby. He’s a world famous producer with his own show on Rinse.FM, one of the pioneering dubstep radio stations, and has been working in the industry for over a decade.

The ‘Start, Select, Reset’ EP starts as it means to go on, with a pacey track littered with spittings from London MC Doctor, while an infectious beat plays rapidly underneath. The rapid fire drums work a decent rhythm and create a palpable reggae kind of style which the song thrives on. ‘Retro’ is an instrumental version of the first track ‘Bad Like Us’ (the latter can be streamed at the bottom of this review). Both tracks have a very old school grime-y feeling to them, which in this age of retro hipsterism can only count in the legendary Plastician’s favour.

Doctor returns for the finale of the EP ‘Rebel Music’, where proceedings are slowed down slightly with a more r&b beat playing in the background. The focus is definitely on MC Doctor’s impressive lyrical stylings; however, after the breakneck pace of the rest of the EP, it’s a bit disappointing that everything seems to slow down at the EP’s crescendo. I expected a mash-up of experimental beats hitting me at speed. What I got was a rather mundane, drip drab of a finish in the form of both ‘Rebel Music’ tracks.

The middle of the album devotes itself more to Plastician’s grimier side, with a lot of mysteriously, minimalistic beats playing on track ‘Elixir.’ The percussion around the foreground of the music kind of kicks into life like an dying man’s heartbeat, while the infrequent changes of pace only serve to befuddle and confuse me. Sorry dubstep, I don’t think you’re winning this metal head over.

Sadly, while starting well the breakneck pace that graced ‘Bad Like Us’ don’t continue and while every artist is entitled to change the pace all they want, I feel here that it just doesn’t work particularly well as a record. I found myself awash with excitement for the first 10 minutes and then flush with disappointment at the end. Still, the production is sound, and obviously Plastician is an extremely talented artist. I just feel, well… if you’re in the mood for dubstep, try Skrillex. There, I said it.


Plastician’s EP ‘Start, Select, Reset’ is out on Trouble and Bass now. Listen to ‘Bad Like Us’, featuring MC Doctor, below.



MP3 of the Day #163: Chew Lips

By on Friday, 26th March 2010 at 10:00 am

London electropop trio Chew Lips wowed punters and industry types alike last week at South by Southwest, and judging from their Twitter, they enjoyed themselves in Austin as well. Today we have a remix of their song ‘Salt Air’ by grime/dub step DJ Plastician, and it sounds amazing. Compare it to the original version released in June 2009 and decide which you prefer. To be honest, I can’t decide; I really like both!

MP3: Chew Lips – Salt Air (Plastician remix)




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