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Soundboy Punishments

Soundboy Punishments by Shackleton
Released: Oct 2007
Label: Rough Trade
Collecting 12-inches released by the London dubstep label Skull Disco from 2005-'07, this compilation displays some of that genre's darkest and most eccentric sounds, seemingly born of ambient Arabia and not of the UK grime that actually spawned it. Producers Shackleton and Applebim create an uncompromising swirl of dub echoes, spare drums, bassbin blasts and spoken-word samples made more for morose headspaces than bumpin' headnods, the exception being Ricardo Villalobos' mix of Shackleton's "Blood on My Hands," which transports the dread into a techno club and teaches it to dance down apocalypse.
Piotr Orlov
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