Sismique ain’t your everyday Dubstep. The brain child of Steve Markovits, one third of the amazing Substatic, Sismique folds a unique experimentation and musicality, that must come from a range of eclectic influences, into the Dubstep formula.

Incorporating as much of the haunting lead lines and glitchy rhythms of, post-Artificial Intelligence, Warp Records output (think ‘Incunabula’ era Autechre) as it does the deep robotic grooves of Dubstep, Sismique create a listening experience that is both bassy & visceral and musically interesting. ‘Toulouse’ is a perfect example of this meeting of the intricate and sledgehamer. The jump up beat and catchy sample hook compel you to dance while the meticulously programmed percussion, melodies and chord progressions elevate the track into something more mature and intelligent. ‘Sunday’ takes a more haunting approach and a, dare I say it, more Bristol approach. Dub influenced echo on the vocal snatches and rolling rhythms make this a prefect Sunday festival soundtrack. With ‘Almost Everywhere’ sees Sismique in 2 step mode with a deep House bassline and glitchy garage beats forming a bedrock for some sweet laid back lead melodies. Outside of the confines of Substatic’s song structure Steve seems able to run with his musical ideas, showing a knack for hypnotic grooves and cerebrally pleasing tunes.

♫ Sismique – Toulouse

♫ Sismique – Almost Everywhere

♫ Sismique – Sunday

Check out more from Sismique on SoundCloud

Substatic’s reMix EP

Our favourite Bristol based Electro outfit Substatic rock back next month with the reMix flipside to their amazing ‘Days go On’ EP of last year.

The ‘Days Go On: the_reMixes’ EP contains five blistering versions of those tracks which, should you have bought the EP, have been in your head for the last six months. With a definite Dubstep and D&B slant, the collection ranges from Junk’s D&B powerhouse take on ‘Closer’ to Koudbreak’s deep, almost Trip-Hoppy mix of the same It seems Substatic have chosen their reMixers well, the whole EP flows nicely without any one act sounding too much like the next. Highlights of the EP have to be the aforementioned Junk mix, Lightfires’ string heavy House/Pop clash version of ‘Wild Horses’ and the broken beats Dubstep of Sismique ‘s mix of ‘Edge Of Your Love’.

♫ Substatic – Wild Horses (Lightfires reMix)

Substatic – Edge Of Your Love (Sismique reMix)

Would have like a massive French-House/Nu-Disco mix of ‘Closer’, but you can’t have everything, can you?

‘Days Go On: the_reMixes’ is released 1st March, the original ‘Days Go On’ EP is available now.

Substatic @ Juno

Substatic @ 7Digital

Substatic @ Amazon

Photo by Mark Davis

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