Sepalcure
Sepalcure


4.5
superb

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 22nd, 2011 | 129 replies | 21,514 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unashamedly no nonsense garage release, Sepalcure's long awaited debut LP triumphs on just about every level

If Untrue was the little dubstep album that could, that genre defying triumph that drove so many outsiders to it like moths to a flame and showed the world just how impressive a grass-roots movement could be, then Sepalcure’s self-titled LP quite rightly feels like this decade’s answer to that rather impressive monolith. Sepalcure already has the online community eating out of the palm of their hands, thanks in no small part to some rather remarkable EPs that signaled the return of a much more intelligent strain of garage more efficiently than Lazarus arising from the grave. Their rather unique take on dubstep is the kind that eschews brains over brawns, more interested in flexing its creative tendencies over any cliched stereotypes than your favorite mis-informed friends might be able to conjure up when thinking of the genre. And it’s that album that the dubstep community has been waiting for, that one unifying landmark that might actually hold the power to rid the world of such ingratiating buzzwords like “future garage”, “bass music”, and the always good for a laugh, “post dubstep” (here’s looking at you Pitchfork).

And while Sepalcure possesses all the apparent character traits of those imaginary genres (“apparent” because there lies no clear description for the terms mentioned, which I suppose makes them a prime candidate to have such an amorphous prefix like “post” attached to them), it’s still a decidedly familiar album, steeped in the storied history of a genre now well into its second decade of existence. Praveen & Machinedrum have reached back into the garage timeline, borrowing heavily from the backlogs of such landmark imprints as Tempa, Tectonic and R&S and liberally applied them to their own gestating template. Smacks of the genre’s milestones pierce through the thick veil like flames that deny being snuffed out, from the gluttonous and sprightly 2-step of opener ‘Me’ through to the wonky and syncopated ‘Eternally Yrs’ (a track that begins like a smoky bedroom jazz ballad before reverting to a more skitterish and deliberately obtuse beat that ends up challenging any beliefs you may have had about so-called “bass music”).

Despite mastering in the same brand of futuristic club anthems as the majority of their brethren on Hotflush, Sepalcure’s seems fresher and more invigorating than most that have come before it. Chords are rapidly injected into the fray and removed in a similar fashion, separating the music from falling into any kind of repetitiveness. They balance shades of footwork with ghostly early 90’s house and yet tease out both influences to the point that it sounds completely new, like rave reborn. And then there’s the moments where they slip (however briefly) into those scenes completely; the buzzing electro cuts that threaten to turn ‘The One’ into the dancefloor nightmare that it aches to be, or on ‘See Me Feel Me’ that taps into the ever expanding world of the LA beat scene (WEDIDIT collective anyone?) with its jittery percussion and breathless and twitching vocals that seem to wander around the patchwork, deliberately out of reach. They even try their hand at gutterball grime with the manic and swaggering ‘Yuh Nu See’, that begins menacingly but then slowly morphs into a reflective hip hop inspired conundrum.

Whether Sepalcure exists as an uptempo garage emotional release, or as a slow motion house swan song, you get the feeling that something important is happening as the album slowly goes through its various iterations and motifs. A tying off of sorts, where all these various descriptors and broken genres are all being bought together under one unifying banner. Whether this album ends up being the album of the decade for the world of garage and dubstep like Untrue did before it, or if it simply ends up being just another in a long line of experimental and acclaimed urban dance efforts one thing remains certain, Sepalcure have delivered fully on the promise they made on Love Pressure. Their anti-rave anthems have simply improved beyond what anyone could have possibly hoped for, and Sepalcure is set to turn a lot of heads, in and outside of its constantly argued over genre.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



31050 Comments


Cannot get enough of this

Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx0Kfs0iqiQ
Hold On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xkZ8UqHoEY&feature=related
Yuh Nuh See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpluEb9hyRI

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



7064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damnit I have so many things to listen to and now this is jumping to the top of the list. Love Pressure was awesome. Good to see a high rating for this after some initial low ratings on here, I was worried about this.

Solid review, I can't ignore anything that's compared to Untrue.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



31050 Comments


I'm not directly comparing it to Untrue. That album is one of those pieces of work that defies its genre, like how people have heard it and fallen in love with it yet don't actively listen to dubstep. I feel that this could be another one of those albums

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



7022 Comments


Did someone say Untrue?
*downloading*

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



7064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right yeah, I just kind of meant that if it's capable of doing what Untrue did, it's worth looking into.

Calculate
November 22nd 2011



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Geez i dunno about that rating mister

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



31050 Comments


Funny, I was about to say the same thing

Deathcar
November 22nd 2011



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, review rules. The icing on the cake for this years multitude of amazing electronic releases.

struth
November 22nd 2011



435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yup this is awesome

Adash
November 22nd 2011



1356 Comments


How the fuck did an (admittedly tiny) handful of Americans get so good at making and shaking the London sound?

Calculate has a point, though this is really great. But anti rave anthems? - my prancing antics last week strongly repudiate this hypothesis

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



31050 Comments


I could count the number of genuinely good American garage producers on one hand

Adash
November 22nd 2011



1356 Comments


One hand post unfortunate incident with electric saw.

On a side note, this mad work ethic of churning out review after review has inspired me to start writing again. Some late gems need to be dug out

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I mean, this is good and all, but I don't FEEL it, man...

Digging: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



31050 Comments


k

Yotimi
November 22nd 2011



6457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"post" would be a prefix not a suffix....good review, Ima check this out

Digging: Millie and Andrea - Drop The Vowels

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



6390 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Glad the review is agreeing with me, in that the album has a very retro feel to it, though

Eskate87
November 22nd 2011



959 Comments


i'll have to check this out. anyone else feel that dubstep is quickly turining into an over-saturated genre? there are so many "dubstep artists" out there and the majority of them are pretty lame. just a thought.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 22nd 2011



10592 Comments


For once I may check out something you tell me to

DonniSharK
November 22nd 2011



466 Comments


Deviant reviews an album and gives the album a higher score than 4.0
That means it's brilliant.

tadowmusic
November 22nd 2011



24 Comments


Phenomenal album....may be my electronic release of the year



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