Published: January 14, 2013
By: Lisa Disinger
The productions of West Coast native Calculon have graced the ears of listeners across the globe, but his latest release brings the name to Midwest label Loose Squares. Feel, his four track EP out Jan 28th, is a progressive jungle experience giving a new spin to traditional dub-based samples. Space age blips, blaps, and boh-fire float on top of rich and buoyant bass lines. The passive yin force of liquid synth pads complement the active yang of light speed tempos, as the drum kit divides the tempo down to the 16th of a beat.
This production’s strongest asset is, by far, the booty bouncing bass. I can't recall how many times I read the word "booty" between the press kit, profiles, and online statements around Loose Squares. And they certainly delivered. "Dub" has been going the way of "step" these days, seeing tempos under 70/140bpm, but here we get a good taste of dub bass progeny in a more progressive range, 170+. Take the final track "Crush" for example: rarely do you hear a bass line at such an active pace. Everybody in the room wins if you can get booties on the dancefloor shakin' at that rate.
Numerous famed names in the Drum n' Bass scene make an appearance on this "footwork-jungle fusion" collection, which is sure to draw the attention of allegiant fans. This is his debut with Chrissy Murderbot's Loose Squares, but Calculon has previous releases on numerous labels including his own Rubik Records, and is still in the business of producing vinyl: a favorite medium of junglists.
Fast paced, multi-layered,and a little unconventional, this EP by DJ/Producer Calculon has launched him into a promising 2013 season.