BRAiNMATHs Vol. 1 Various Artists
Ramp Recordings sub-label BRAiNMATH has been on hiatus for some time now. Instead of wondering whether the fine folks at Ramp will decide to revive the label in the near future or not it’s much more fun and rewarding to listen to „BRAiNMATHs Vol.1,“ a collection of some of the label’s classic releases so far with tracks from Zomby, SBTRKT, Untold, Brackles, James Blake or Airhead to name a few, all of which have since then become central figures in UK’s rhizomatic bass music scene. Untold’s „Flexible“ shows him at his most daring, way before he got transfixed by techno’s 4x4 template. Airhead and James Blake’s „Pembroke“ is a masterpiece of wonky and narcotic slow-mo funk before Blake got post-dubstep’s crooning posterboy. Both SBTRKT tracks remind you of the first big waves of anticipation which was kickstarted by his first releases prior to his debut album. Listening to „BRAiNMATHs Vol.1“ you also realize how potent UK’s dubstep scene has been for the last few years and how quickly its sound has changed again and again. Classics all around.