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Ear Drums And Black Holes

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Blessed with skills for musical arrangement that film score composers would be red faced with jealousy about, and a knack of knowing how to make impressively musical, bass-heavy music that works in a club and on the headphones, Starkey’s back with his second album for Planet Mu, 'Ear Drums And Black Holes' which takes an incredibly open-ended vision of dubstep and runs with it.

Known as something of a genre cross-pollinator, he’s released DJ mixes and tracks on his own Seclusiasis label under the ad-hoc genre title ‘ Street Bass’. While that description effortlessly covers some of the tracks here, such as ‘Murderous Words’ feat. Texan MC Cerebral Vortex and the R'n'G style ‘Club Games’ (again featuring Vortex, this time with Buddy Leezle on the mic), or the heartfelt ‘Numb’ feat UK Grime MC P-Money, this album only starts from that point, offering up to a whole dimension of new possibllities.

Check Anneka’s delightful pop of ‘Stars’ or ‘New Cities’ featuring Japanese vocalist Kiki Hitomi which sounds like Yellow Magic Orchestra fast forwarded into the contemporary world and Starkey’s own gorgeous vocodered journey into the cosmos ‘Alienstyles’.

But all these tracks would be nothing if they didn’t hang together beautifully with some of the most epic robo-funk you’re likely to hear, from the melodic to the monstrous, these pieces are almost prog-like in their approach to dubstep, wide screen and weightless, until that bass drops.

Then there’s 'Capsule' with it’s driving bass enveloped by precise melodic chords, or the gorgeous boom-bap intergalactic ride of ‘ Neck Snap’ with it’s retroactive echoes of electro-funk, or the twisted synth darkside grimace of 'Fourth Dimension' that combines 8-bit computer game clarity with weird fairground bass and rave breakbeats. These tracks seem to meld together a cosmic synth feel alike to a less overwrought Tangerine Dream with a feel for 'in the pocket' funkiness and incredible compositional skills.

Ear Drums And Black Holes

  • Artists: Starkey
  • Title: Ear Drums And Black Holes
  • Released: Apr 19, 2010
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews

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Collection (15 Tracks) : £9.99 add to basket
Play 1. OK Luv
Play 2. Murderous Words (feat. Cerebral Vortex)
Play 3. 11th Hour
Play 4. Numb (feat. P-Money)
Play 5. Stars (feat. Anneka)
Play 6. Multidial
Play 7. Spacecraft
Play 8. Neck Snap
Play 9. Fourth Dimension
Play 10. Club Games (feat. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle)
Play 11. Alienstyles
Play 12. Capsule
Play 13. New Cities (feat. Kiki Hitomi)
Play 14. Pleasure Points
Play 15. Fidelio
Collection (13 Tracks) : £13.99 add to basket
Play a-1. Murderous Words (feat. Cerebral Vortex)
Play a-2. Capsule
Play b-1. 11th Hour
Play b-2. Numb (feat. P-Money)
Play b-3. Stars (feat. Anneka)
Play c-1. Spacecraft
Play c-2. Neck Snap
Play d-1. Fourth Dimension
Play d-2. Club Games (feat. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle)
Play e-1. Alienstyles
Play e-2. New Cities (feat. Kiki Hitomi)
Play f-1. Pleasure Points
Play f-2. Fidelio
Collection (15 Tracks) : £6.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £0.99
Play 1. OK Luv [£0.99] Buy
Play 2. Murderous Words (feat. Cerebral Vortex) [£0.99] Buy
Play 3. 11th Hour [£0.99] Buy
Play 4. Numb (feat. P-Money) [£0.99] Buy
Play 5. Stars (feat. Anneka) [£0.99] Buy
Play 6. Multidial [£0.99] Buy
Play 7. Spacecraft [£0.99] Buy
Play 8. Neck Snap [£0.99] Buy
Play 9. Fourth Dimension [£0.99] Buy
Play 10. Club Games (feat. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle) [£0.99] Buy
Play 11. Alienstyles [£0.99] Buy
Play 12. Capsule [£0.99] Buy
Play 13. New Cities (feat. Kiki Hitomi) [£0.99] Buy
Play 14. Pleasure Points [£0.99] Buy
Play 15. Fidelio [£0.99] Buy
Collection (15 Tracks) : £8.25 add to basket
Individual tracks: £1.48
Play 1. OK Luv [£1.48] Buy
Play 2. Murderous Words (feat. Cerebral Vortex) [£1.48] Buy
Play 3. 11th Hour [£1.48] Buy
Play 4. Numb (feat. P-Money) [£1.48] Buy
Play 5. Stars (feat. Anneka) [£1.48] Buy
Play 6. Multidial [£1.48] Buy
Play 7. Spacecraft [£1.48] Buy
Play 8. Neck Snap [£1.48] Buy
Play 9. Fourth Dimension [£1.48] Buy
Play 10. Club Games (feat. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle) [£1.48] Buy
Play 11. Alienstyles [£1.48] Buy
Play 12. Capsule [£1.48] Buy
Play 13. New Cities (feat. Kiki Hitomi) [£1.48] Buy
Play 14. Pleasure Points [£1.48] Buy
Play 15. Fidelio [£1.48] Buy