By: Anand Harsh
Colorado’s Denver/Boulder region has been the epicenter of a lot of innovation on the electronic music front. Home of Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Savoy, and a bevy of pioneers, the mountainous area has also produced some pummeling dubstep. At the head of the Centennial State’s bass-hungry pack is New Yorker Chris Cox, a.k.a. Omega. With more than a decade behind the turntables, Cox has moved from industrial to jungle to psytrance before finding his muse in the syncopated rhythms and bone crushing bass of dubstep. Like his colleagues, who have landed upon this genre du jour from other places, Omega tries to bring a bit of melody to an otherwise lackluster sound. What sets him apart is his predilection for ultra-slow, pitch black, moody tracks that cut the audience to its core.
“Inception” rides in on floating synth runs and snappy drum & bass licks. Rollicking and buoyant, the upbeat intro climbs towards a devastating drop. Plunging into a free fall with no beat in site, the track is dropped onto the back of elephantine bass tones. Fat and fuzzy, these wobbles change tone and timbre, setting Omega’s dubstep apart from a crowd growing larger and more depleted of talent by the minute.
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