Evolve – UZUL (reviewed by Marcus Kittridge)

From the primordial soup or the depths of the ocean, the listener is drawn into a bubbling aquatic world of subsea sounds.

Dub, dubstep, house and electronica are all featured on this record. It’s a mix that I would normally find annoying listening to in isolation and not in the context of a club or an all-night house party. However, this is altogether very easy to listen to by yourself on a good pair of cans.

Midway through the album, the genre evolves into a more techno space. Not just by way of BPM increases but more via a shift up the audio spectrum. This gives the recording both energy and urgency. It’s like a gateway to a different room in your head.

I can see a lot of this album being used to segue scenes in a modern urban TV drama. The general feel throughout feels like moving between spaces and places without too much lingering along the way. It’s probably why essentially a dance record can be repurposed as a solo listening experience. I can imagine myself listening to this on a night bus or train when going out to or coming home from an indulgent club night.

There’s a lot of nods to 303s and 808s and Uzul makes good use of filters and drops to give you a breather when required and at just the right time.

‘Music Is A Game’ takes you on a journey through foreign lands where Jamaica meets North Africa via the Indian subcontinent. Overall this record is a good gateway record into a whole host of dance genres but it has enough depth and space to be enjoyed anywhere.

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