In case you hadn’t noticed, Jim ‘Om Unit’ Coles has been blazing quite a trail lately. Never afraid to take it really slow, or really fast – ever since his unprecedented and ahead-of-its-time 2010 release on Plastician’s dubstep and grime label Terrorhythm – his productions seem to have a weird gravitational pull, dripping with bass weight and beautifully-wrought synths. Apparently defined by a love of sci fi atmospherics and stone cold grooves, and the guy has yet to produce a duff track, also embarking on collaborations with Baobinga (on the latter’s recent album), and explorations in the jungle/juke axis as Philip D Kick and Dream Continuum (with Machinedrum). All this considered, its pretty amazing that Jim’s had time to inaugurate his own label, Cosmic Bridge Recordings, with a handful of high quality releases from Kromestar, himself, and now Moresounds.
This latest release goes off on another tangent, at times moving far away from the epic space-thug sounds of the previous few records. ‘Weeda’ is a stocky, spliffed out digital dancehall rub – no faux-dreadlocked cheese, but a seriously legit steppa. ‘Analog Steak’ gets gritty with some analog synths and stumbling, crunky hip hop drum patterns, almost everything soaked in angry distortion. Indeed, a few of the tracks on offer travel on a similar tangent to Rustie’s latest work, albeit with a more ‘head-down’ and unsociable mood; ‘Shtrakstep VIP’ even recalls Skream and Benga’s earliest efforts on Big Apple in its paranoid aggression. ‘No Coke’ reverts to the digi-dancehall template, but crosses it with Kromestar wobbles, making for an unhealthy concoction of raw, black hole funk. Release date is 21st of May
Coinciding with this announcement Moresounds has recorded a new mix of “digi-dancehall junglist juke & dubbed bass beats”, check it here: