Hyetal is one of the most interesting dubstep/postdubstep producers out there at the moment. The last track on the album, Black Black Black, is a shoegaze-y vocal tune with tight percussion, dubstep weight and a lot of space. It’s the vocal from Alison Garner (who I know nothing about) which sets it apart, and makes me think that this track, released on a dubstep/experimental CD on a dubstep/experimental label won’t naturally find the audience that will love it most. That audience is witchhouse, chillgaze, spacewave hipsters. It’s a bit like Mezzanine era Massive Attack, Telefon Tel Aviv, this Daterape guy, and Hybrid’s ‘Blackout In LA’, which is a dynamite dance-music-LP-closer from back in the day.
While this is technically a Snoop Dogg cover, it reminds me of some kind of Brian Eno - era Roxy Music song reworked by Hot Chip. Also chillwave. And maybe Sigur Ros. Kind of. That’s probably not what Oliver Tank was going for at all, but it’s a savvy interpretation that brings the emotion out of what was originally a club r’n’b chart-topping hook.
Beautiful (Snoop Dogg cover) by Oliver Tank
Free download. Win.