2562
Fever


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
April 5th, 2011 | 124 replies | 15,194 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where 2562 attempts to glue dubstep's fractured identity back together

Back when dubstep first emerged out of the dying remnants of garage, no one could have predicted not only the staggering quickness with which it would take shape, but just how faceless and almost unrecognizable it would eventually become. Today the genre lies broken, not defeated, but smashed into varying shards and pieces that have splintered off from the main body and formed mutant strains of their own. Now seen as more of a banner than something hastily defined, it shelters various exploits that have formed around some of the most unconventional ideals. The controversial tag of future garage still falls under dubstep’s constantly stretching shadow, its sound bolstered by artists moving exponentially further away from dubstep’s more grime filled stigma. And even though the notion of dubstep fusing itself with a more minimal strain of house is seen as something wholly unique Burial toyed with the idea waaaay back in 2007. To include the likes of Excision with someone more-down-in-the-rough-of-it like Scuba you have to understand that dubstep is no longer the simple tag it once was, it’s taken the idea that many of its artists have gone for and rendered itself faceless and immune from easy interpretation. And while the task of separating who from what is easier than some would like to think (that is of course, if you feel the need to do such things) there’s always someone like Dave Huismans to make that job infinitely harder.

More commonly known by his recording moniker of 2562, the Dutch native Huismans has, in a relatively short space of time, attempted to integrate every one of these various motifs into his own work. Over the course of two previous LPs he’s covered the darker and more cerebral stuff (Aerial), and then fused that with the now popular garage revival in an attempt to inject a little mischief into his murky depths (09’s Unbalance). Fever, arriving just in time, has its eyes set squarely on just-down-the-lane club life, its ultimate goal to cross from the dingy underground to middle of the road strobe lights and beaming party floors. Its destiny however lies in not only how effective 2562 will be in the musical exchange, but how amicable and accessible he’ll be able to make it.

In order to set himself up for a hopeful acceptance Dave has done exactly what the album cover shows us (and for all we know, that little tyke could very well be 2562 himself). He’s reached into the dusty catacombs of the last 30 years, snatched up a few dusty old records, given them a wipe, and then ripped them to shreds. What might not become apparent on the first few listens through (or, even at all without any prior knowledge) is that the foundations of Fever are comprised from slightly golden disco samples, each one meticulously deconstructed to the point where they’ve assumed another persona entirely. You’ll be hard pressed to uncover any resemblance between something as hostile as this and say, Donna Summer, but the connections exist, even as elusive as 2562 has tried to made them. Perhaps Huismans’ greatest gift as a producer is that he hasn’t merely borrowed and then formed something around the stolen idea, the samples seemingly move of their own accord, taking on glorious new shapes and sounds in the process. They transform almost unconsciously, bending to Huismans’ will, sketching out brand new identities on 2562’s canvas. Which is why you get the vague sense you’ve heard all this before. It’s all a little familiar, almost like deja vu. You’ve been here before, only the here looks decidedly different than before.

There’s a lot of haunted house to be had here, a lot of dusty and scratchy melodies dispersed with a kind of expectant glee over the mass of indelible beats. But before we get all of that, and before Huismans attempts to hide his aged recordings we get ‘Winamp Destruction’. Instead of throwing everything he has at his disposal to mask the album’s influences we get a demonstration in more cut-and-paste techniques, with reversed brass sections and fidgety percussion assimilating themselves like a destroy to rebuild scenario. It plays out like an old school breaks track might begin, early 90’s breakcore slipping comfortably over the top of late 80’s DIY hip hop. He follows this up with the tandem duo of ‘Cheater’ and ‘Juxtapose’, both tracks flirting with various permutations of house and Detroit techno, each number casually releasing bursts of pure energy over the reverberating synths.

It’s on tracks like ‘Aquatic Family Affair’ and ‘Brasil Deadwalker’ where 2562’s scattershot evolution begins to fully take shape, both not highly original with their scene lingering but handled with such a delicate touch that they almost float under their own propulsion. The two are polar opposites in a sense with the former delicately unfolding itself over the blur of cascading synths while ‘Deadwalker’ injects a little sinister raveboy into the mix, opting for those grungy and dirty keys to stab their way over the bassline. It’s not all high tempo and spinning lights the whole way through though, with both ‘Intermission’ (strangely not an intermission at all) and ‘Flavour Park’ settling down in a glitchy tangle of dubstep grit and buried melodies. ‘Final Frenzy’ boasts a soundsystem reminiscent of Huismans’ side project A Made Up Sound with its no frills acid drenched house. Strangely though, he almost resorts back to his old ways on the closing tracks. ‘Wasteland’ and the title track are both exercises in controlled chaos, that liquid but still solid wall of noise constantly shimmering just beyond the percussion. They both march to a regimented rhythm, the click of the snares meticulous and rigid, off-shooting the more laconic swirls of noise that orbit them.

The overall point here is that Fever is a very mixed bag. Not in terms of quality, but sound. Casual listeners may find little to get excited about here, but Huisman continues his usual tricks of hiding twists and turns in amongst the tumbling stream of noise. It’s another reason to look forward to genre that has no clear path in front of it, another notch in the belt of dubstep’s complex identity. 2562 represents the in-between of the genre, still holding on while his legs dangle over the precipice that overlooks the unknown. This makes him an interesting person to comment on in respects to the genre, mainly because he revels in the reactions of a sound that tries to hide its true colors. Or maybe he’s just restless, because Fever is an album truly on the move.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


Aquatic Family Affair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXlcduDflwI
Brasil Deadwalker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPi3InLkb1I
Fever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjqvnw4ouZw

One of my favourites from the year so far

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic review, this sounds really really interesting

I love that album cover.

cvlts
April 5th 2011



8954 Comments


cant keep up wit all these reviews brah

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


Neither can I , I'll have a word with the offender

Cheers Aids

Jash
April 5th 2011



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Skimmed the review (only cause I'm watching the game, I'll read it after) and this made me want this: "There’s a lot of haunted house to be had here, a lot of dusty and scratchy melodies dispersed with a kind of expectant glee over the mass of indelible beats." God Dev you are just a reviewing machine

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



20855 Comments


I rarely know the artists that Dev reviews, so I look up to the top of the page to see what type of music it is. 90% of the time it is 'Other' & I'm none the wiser, so I have to read the review. And it's always well-written & stuff. But then I get hungry... & thirsty... & so on.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


I might review Midnight Oil one day

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know much about dubstep/garage so this review (especially the first half) was a really interesting read. I just dl'ed the album, sorry, just purchased the album legally, and I plan on listening to it tonight.

I swear I'm gonna end up with an "electronica" wedge in my pie chart because of you Deviant. Damn you.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOW CAN WE SLEEP WHEN THE BEDS ARE BURNING

(or maybe I'm not getting the Midnight Oil reference at all....)

Jash
April 5th 2011



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I swear I'm gonna end up with an "electronica" wedge in my pie chart because of you Deviant. Damn you.

Aids my electronica wedge was 10% before I started dating Denise and talking to Deviant. on here... Now it's 19%

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



20855 Comments


I'll go put Midnight Oil into 'Other'.

You know what we need? An after hours seminar taken by Dev on what makes good dubstep/garage/electronica/doof-doof. I'm certain the Sputnik user-base would make great students.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


I would love to put together a feature about the history of dubstep tbh

I don't know much about dubstep/garage so this review (especially the first half) was a really interesting read. I just dl'ed the album, sorry, just purchased the album legally, and I plan on listening to it tonight.


If you like this might I guide you over to the recommended section




DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



20855 Comments


2562, FaltyDL, Peverelist.

You know what dubstep needs? John Smith.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


Hahahaha

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



6931 Comments


as usual good review, have pos, might see if i can find this if the weekly pay is big enough.

ConsiderPhlebas
April 5th 2011



6157 Comments


You're the only person on sputnik who writes worthwhile stuff about genre in your reviews, man. I dig the grasp you seem to have on the bigger picture.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


Tbh it's not that hard to find yourself. It surprises me when people complain dubstep is too wubwubwub heavy (or doof doof as Skippy referred to it) and yet a simple browse online will essentially find everything they need. It obviously helps to have been following the genre for awhile, and know when each new style happens, listen to it AS it changes, but I guess I still marvel at people's ignorance

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"2562, FaltyDL, Peverelist.

You know what dubstep needs? John Smith."

haha nice.

Dev I already listened to that FaltyDl album. it was really good.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha the first song is called "Winamp Melodrama"

awesome

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2011



30865 Comments


This is somewhat similar. Not amazingly so, but there's enough going on in both to produce relevant comparisons



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