BassWatch: J. Sparrow Returns On Mala’s Deep Medi With #000000365(Dark365)
Following in the footsteps of dubstep royalty like Skream, Kromestar and V.I.V.E.K, Leeds native and powerhouse producer J. Sparrow returns with his second album in 9 years, #000000365(Dark365) out now on Mala’s legendary Deep Medi label. The successor to his smash debut project Circadian, which dropped on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint in 2010, Dark365 is a diverse and versatile offering that underlines J. Sparrow’s position as one of the foremost innovators in the genre. Dark365 is primed to be one of the top releases of the year in electronic music as a whole.
The 12-track project is a testament to the amorphous nature of dubstep and draws inspiration from a myriad of genres including techno, footwork, and ambient. Widdled down from a gargantuan 120 tracks, Dark365 showcases the extent of Sparrow’s vision and production talent. Lead track “Double Time Skank” is a spell-binding banger rife with sub-bass and percolating percussion that kicks off the album with menacing energy. Symmetry and contrasts persist throughout the album.“Modal” is an absolute stomper that pummels the listener with an almost tribal bass line and is followed up by the hypnotizing “Kaleidadope” which compounds dark and murky layers of bass and synth to create an unnerving experimental gem.
“High Fidelity” is a minimalistic and weighty cut that seems tailor-made for head-down, eyes closed swaying on the dance floor. “Unity Rock” featuring Silkie and “Computer World” are heinous bangers that will surely make subwoofers tremble all summer long. “Nancara” and “Ndidi” showcase J. Sparrow’s dedication to pushing the envelope when it comes to dubstep. The two tracks have an almost dreamlike quality to them and bend the rules when it comes to tempo and style.
With his own label, Navy Cut, J. Sparrow looks to champion rising talent in the world of dubstep, while also ensuring the genre remains fresh and inventive. Check out the latest from Navy Cut below.