Favorite ThisThriftworks - Deviation review

Published: September 23, 2013

By: Lisa Disinger

Earlier this month unknown artist SPACEDWIDE debuted a dope experimental glitch-hop album, with a bubble-gum-stuck-to-the-bottom-of-your-shoes kind of tempo slathered in sinister wobble sauce. Titled Creator-D, this album was shared on Bandcamp among a few other sites, with eerie similarities to Thriftworks' latest release Deviation. In fact, they were so similar, it was obvious that they were EXACTLY THE SAME. If it's true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this should be a major compliment to originator Jake Atlas (Thriftworks) and his cutting edge, mind-bending, deep sub sound. 


If you enjoyed the deliriously dark, sensuously seductive vibe of Thriftworks' exclusive 30-minute mix freleased in April on The Untz, then you're seriously gonna love this. Fat, vibrational bass creates fills a sonic void decorated with ubiquitous arpeggiation. Impishly eerie warbles and stretchy, rubbery synths are softened by haunting, yet sultry female vocals. On top of the avant garde, minimal trip-hop sound, is a light spread of artistic jazz; modal scales from breathy wind instruments instruments, and plucked acoustic strings soften an otherwise edgy sound spectrum.


Truthfully, it is baffling that Atlas found time to produce this album between a supporting tour with Bassnectar and a transamerican festival season. As summer playtime winds down, Thriftworks is squeezing in one more festie performance at Stilldream in Belden at the beginning of October. But don't worry, if you can't make it to this event in particular, you still have opportunities aplenty to catch some live Thriftworks frequencies in the fall as his touring continues. Until then, wrap your ears around a free download of Deviation straight from the jatlas Bandcamp page, and start stretching out those dancing muscles so that they can be as limber as the bass.

Tags: DowntempoDubstepElectroGlitchHip Hop