Released: Jul 2011
The British dubstep producer Zomby has recorded odes to spliffs and concept albums about raving, but the notoriously reclusive musician gets serious on Dedication, his first album for 4AD. It's as colorful and impish as he's ever been, cross-cut with bright arpeggios like a Chutes and Ladders game made of Lite-Brite. But alongside shivery steppers like "Vortex," there's also buoyant trance, dusky minimalist garage, and Sakamoto-like ambient elegies. Elements of Baroque counterpoint, soca, G-funk, and Morricone only serve to make Zomby's sound all the more his own.