Cut is a very new label. They have been going for nearly a year, and release deep, emotional electronica which is contributory to the post-dubstep and future garage movements. They have a handful of releases so far (five of which we have already reviewed), and the quality is outstanding. It is hard for a netlabel to carefully define their sound, and more importantly, to stick to it. It’s so easy to say yes to every submission, and end up with a huge catalogue spanning a wide range of styles. With Cut, there is a distinct consistency and solid foundation to the style of their releases. For new netlabels, I think this is extremely important, as it allows you to stick out above the sea of other labels out there.
Snappy and polished production, dance floor friendly, beautiful textures, wonderful musical content, and an enlightening experience. As I listen to this three-track EP, it makes me feel privileged to hear it, something which only a handful of artists have managed to achieve. Thefft seems to effortlessly bound around between techno, garage and dubstep whilst maintaining an exceptional flow.
The choice of synth sounds and samples is very original, and a delight to hear. On ‘Gammy Crazy’, the super-wide tones first heard at 1:22 have an almost cheeky element to them. This unconventional sound has allowed Thefft to flood this distinctive track with character and personality. Now I have heard it twice, I don’t think I will ever forget it, and that is a big sign of success. ‘No Match For She’ has some fantastic synth work on it too, and the expert use of reverb and delay gives the track a mesmerizing and addictive depth.
‘Stares’ scared me at first, as the beautiful melodic quality of the first two tracks was suddenly absent at the beginning. However, the delicate pad at 1:40 ends the drought with fine style. Then a funky four-to-the-floor digresses into a bizarre almost-atonal journey, with sporadic life-like chords scrambling the suggestion of monotony.
The tracks are short, and could be a great deal longer. But with modern looping techniques in DJ software, this is how it should be. The ep is a fine example of modern music done properly. Abiding by convention just enough to reach an eager audience, but demonstrating and delivering your own unique style to impress and innovate. Cut records we salute you, again.
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