Culprate
Others


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheSpaceMan USER (39 Reviews)
December 5th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Greebled

Ever hear the term greebles? They are tiny, basic shapes you'd tack onto otherwise simple features to make them look more visually interesting. You've seen them plenty of times in movies, think of the climactic trench run on the Death Star in Star Wars; what would have otherwise been flat grey surfaces were detailed by silly amounts of prisms and cubes to give the illusion of increased scale and complexity. This modelling technique parallels Culprate's ability as a producer, who somehow manages to bring this method into the auditory realm. Even when his music is minimal and simplified, his hand in production creates new dimensionality by greebling the tiniest amounts of detail to every bit of sound seeping through the speakers. His ability to create space and texture within what he writes is perhaps the most distinguishing thing about his music. The Others EP only continues to showcase this, and explores his abilities to the fullest. Each and every song is such a treat to listen to, full of playfulness and variety that culminates into a half hour of quality drum and bass.

A key aspect to the EP is the whimsical and psychedelic demeanor it sustains during its entire run-time. "Jelly & Ice-Cream" is built around a beckoning music box jingle that, true to its name, is tantalizingly sweet, while its follow up "Helter" contains an absurd amount of rhythmic shifts that playfully fuck with your head despite never feeling abrupt enough to throw off momentum. And then there's the perpetually-ending album closer, aptly named "At the Gates", which teases a finale with every step it takes before just fading into silence. It is a weirdly satisfying way to end what is a small and playful project, contrasting Culprate's full lengths which all seemed to aim for a more serious and cohesive experience. It all amounts to a bizarre and psychedelic journey that incorporates just enough twist and turns to keep things from ever turning predictable.

There is a great amount of variety on Others, something Culprate has always been considerate of. The EP continues the direction of blurring analog samples seamlessly amongst a digital network of bass, samples and percussion. The track "No Words" even forsakes synthesized low end for a bass guitar, dancing alongside passionate yet lyric-less vocals for a great change of pace. One of the most lucid moments comes from an ambient break in the first proper song, which wondrously drifts into an otherworldly spectacle of sustained synth and glimmering sounds while holding back the relentlessness musical attack trying to break through. These sorts of moments help keep the EP from burying itself in repetition, and separate the artist from the pigeonholed genres otherwise being flirted with.

Others is not without faults; there are a few moments of the EP that feel a bit tiresome. "Subsonics" seems to be designed for deep-bass heads and late night clubs rather than to be snuggled into the middle of an eight song adventure. It's further dwarfed by its successor, the treacherous "Beast", which is an example of appealing to this same sound while fitting an interesting enough narrative to actually justify itself. There's also a lack of defining moments that stretch what Culprate is capable of as an artist, instead feeling more like a practice of his honed craft. Sure, music doesn't have an obligation to be inventive, but it's hard not to just want the envelope pushed by any of the forward-thinking producers of a saturated genre.

Nevertheless, Culprate is a gifted producer and it'd be hard to argue otherwise. His ability to create space and texture in his music can accent even the most basic of rhythms and strike a balance between depth and enjoyment that works perfectly for this sort of sound. Others is an EP playful enough to warrant its shorter run time, but interesting enough to be worth staying tuned for every second of it. And it just sounds so damn good.



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TheSpaceMan
December 4th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is sick



can someone throw me that question mark that passes through sput customs?

TheSpaceMan
December 5th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

edit: user commenting above was wiped

MotokoKusanagi
December 5th 2018


1621 Comments


nice review, i'll have to give this a go. i used to listen to 'Colours' somewhat often back in the day and liked it quite a bit. i wasn't huge on 'Deliverance' when it was released, but looking back at the review it has maybe i need to give that another shot as well

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2018


24241 Comments


here u go: ?
will read in a sec but the Greeble thing has me interested

Brostep
Emeritus
December 5th 2018


4417 Comments


Damn this is a name I haven't heard since about high school. Good rev, will be listening ASAP

TheSpaceMan
December 5th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks con, gonna add that in. managed to avoid using rehotrical questions in reviews ever since that bug showed up but decided it's time to splurge



yea motoko i feel ya, but Deliverance became a soundtrack for a ton of my trips and holds a special place in my heart. that first song melts my mind



and thanks brostep glad i could bring you back, this dudes a low key legend.



glad y'all appreciate the rev

Evok
December 5th 2018


7616 Comments


Yes sir! Culprate is a don. Smashing write-up.

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TheSpaceMan
December 5th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

much love evok, you know whats good

Tyler.
December 5th 2018


15667 Comments


thank you for the feauture

Avagantamos
December 5th 2018


6342 Comments


just discovered Deliverance recently and really enjoyed it. looking forward to this one

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2018


11622 Comments


Wow I learned something new with that greebles thing. Cheers for that. Neat review too, doesn't sound like my thing though.

Flugmorph
December 6th 2018


20008 Comments


ok THIS is epic

TheSpaceMan
December 6th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet thanks for stopping by guys

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2018


24241 Comments


congrats space (:

TheSpaceMan
December 6th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my first feature thanks for noticing

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2018


24241 Comments


wait is it actually? i dont believe it

TheSpaceMan
December 6th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol yea

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2018


2125 Comments


very nice review my man

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TheSpaceMan
December 9th 2018


11696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

appreciate that dude, thanks



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