Dusky – Nobody Else EP
Just three months in to the new year, March shows a real statement of intent from London based production duo Dusky. 2012 had seen Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell’s bass influenced and garage infused deep house tones sweep across Britain’s dance floors, implementing them as serious forerunners of the house music underground. The throbbing synth of Flo Jam, had earned itself the title of ‘iTunes Dance Single of the Year’ and their shortlisted input to the long running BBC Radio1 Essential Mix rounded off an impressive twelve months for the Dusky outfit.
They have set the bar high with newest release (and first release of 2013) Nobody Else. Dusky’s second delivery under Will Saul’s AUS Music banner slots perfectly into place between other label favourites George Fitzgerald and Midland, who have notably been making waves of their own in recent months.
Nobody Else is an EP that encompasses something a little darker and sinister than previous entries. No leaf has been overturned as the self-titled track still has that familiar driving bass line and those deep house grooves that have become synonymous with this pair. The garage influence still prevails through most of the productions, letting swung drum loops emerge from a bass orientated selection of sounds. Yet a range of chopped up and full-length vocal samples lend a haunting quality to tracks What I Never Knew, and Dummy.
Without beginning to sound to uniform and similar, the third track Atone, steps onto foreign turf. Here we are introduced to loops of manufactured percussion twinned with the unmistakeable sound of the steel drums. The burly bass line acts as the adhesive securing the song in place.
Without having to surrender there signature style, Dusky are now expanding their unique genre bending sounds by producing something more bulky and beefy, weighting down their productions. They have acquired the taste for producing highly infectious music that will certainly put them in good stead for the remainder of the calendar year. Grab on Beatport here.
Words by Calum Mailer