By: Ali Van Houten
Unlimited Gravity, a.k.a. Denver’s Ronnie Weberg, just dropped his new album Event Horizon on 1320 Records, and it’s killer.
From the opening notes, Unlimited Gravity goes hard without sacrificing innovation. Event Horizon is an album you can see blasting the hell out of some Funktion-Ones in a huge venue, but it never loses artistic prowess. Unlimited Gravity will bring it back down for a sec here and there to make sure you’re still with him, then explode into something crazy. Over the course of the ten-track album, he demonstrates his ability to incorporate a range of different styles while maintaining his own distinctive sound throughout. It’s interesting to hear echoes of other artists with the signature Unlimited Gravity flair.
While the first track leans towards dubstep, the next one stays true to the album title with its spacey, glitchy feel. It combines the best of both worlds: heavy bass and articulate glitch.
“Last Call” features a tantalizing opening that drops into some gnarly wobbles, and track four follows it with a chiller groove that inches into the vein of electro-soul that has been dominating electronic music lately while still maintaining a nice wobbly bass line. Track four proves that Unlimited Gravity doesn’t have to blast your eardrums out to display his skill.
“Good Good,” the fifth track, features Weberg’s Unlimited Aspect partner, Project Aspect (a.k.a. Jay Jaramillo). It’s easy to see why they collaborate—it’s like Rebel Era-GRiZ with nastier bass.
“Grave Safety” is reminiscent of Mt. Eden, while “Taking Over Me” dances on the verge of some Daft-Punk-esque funk before dropping into a groovin’ number that comes in at over ten minutes long.“Baleedat” is a rather Glitch Mob-esque dubstep tune, akin to a classic Pantyraid track, and number nine, “Neck Check,” is solid glitch goodness with a little extra wobble thrown in for good measure.
The final track, “Something Special,” seems a slightly disappointing closeout at first; it deviates to a weaker style that relies on a monotonous beat with sporadic wobs. However, it’s only the juxtaposition to an otherwise fantastic album that makes it seem like anything less than what it really is. In retrospect, “Something Special” cools you down and pulls you back from the event horizon of the year’s sickest album yet.
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