New Zealanders Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake aka Truth – now resident in San Francisco – undermine easy theories about dubstep.
They’ve never had any truck with the duality between “tear-out” and “deep”, and regularly drop high energy tunes suitable for massive raves – the perennial ‘Fatman’ being their biggest – while managing to adhere to the dark-room, eyes-down principles of the genre’s roots. It’s no wonder they’ve consistently released on foundational labels like Tempa and Deep Medi Muzik while becoming worldwide festival favourites.
A new album coming up on June 10 features cameos from Jokerand Flowdan, who they connected with, as is appropriate for an international dubstep/grime hook-up, at Outlook Festival. Hollow World features their first diversions into deep house tempos as well as dubstep rhythms, but ultimately remains unapologetically a dubstep album from an act that’s well placed to ride out any boom-and-bust hype around the genre.
Here’s the premiere of Flowdan’s appearance on ‘Madman’ below – check that out, hear clips of Hollow World on Firepower Records’ Soundcloud, and preorder Hollow World on iTunes.