- I believe this to be the first dubstep track I ever heard knowingly, where someone turned up the system and was all "hey, here's this new style called dubstep. In 18 years you'll be a nostalgic twat over this song." Hotflush, Tempa, Soulja, Big Apple....sigh. As a Junglist by DNA, I asked a record store guy impulsively what was hot in garage/2step these days ('these days' being late 2003, I think), and he handed me about a half dozen plates, including this stormy dirge, along with Mundo's I Stand Rasta, Horsepower's early Tempa LP, Tempa AllStars 1, Abstract's All my Tears, and a few others that kinda blur together. History will repeat but can never be the same. Vibez knob to 11.
- i'm sure this release is from 2003. i bought it from black market london and the shops stock info sleeve sticker is printed 04/12/2003 + all other info and barcode. can send photo if interested
- Edited 17 years ago'Nomad' has the most devestating bassline that I've come across in the "dubstep" genre (yet). Just as the low frequencies threaten to turn your bowels inside out, it drops further still until all your senses are on red alert (and the foundations of your house quake and rumble - seriously!).
But it's not just about the bass. Distance knocks up some fantastic half-time rhythms courtesy of the Brazilan berimbau (used as an instrument during capoeira bouts, and utilised by Sepultura on their 'Roots' album) and glass-pop percussion that works in unison with the low-end thundering of the bassline.
If I was to introduce someone to the "dubstep" genre this would undoubtedly be the track I would play, as it is innovative, fresh and dub in the extreme.