ALBUM HYMEN RELEASE: FEBRUARY
8, 2001 REVIEW: APRIL 2, 2001
Substanz T are a new acquaintance for me, and they make the kind of music
I have been longing to hear for some time: An atmospheric,
ambient, minimalistic, jazzy, laid-back and groovy kind of drum'n'bass. And although lots of artists do just that, not many do it with this
kind of finesse. The sounds are really fresh and Substanz T almost always manage
to stay away from the common break beat loops that have been sampled
to death. Substanz T are really good at manipulating their equipment,
and there are sweeps, bleeps and samples all over the place.
of the tracks have vocals, which mostly are unobtrusive. But sometimes
they take the centre stage and become the driving force of its piece.
This happens in "Was It Good". Here the vocals consist of monotonous
rapping, and I think the music would have been better without it. I also
feel that some tracks never kicks off. Somehow, they just sneak around
without getting to the point, but perhaps that is the point.
is hard to find standout tracks on this record, because they all blend
together very nicely. But if I had to do it I would probably pick "Solution"
and "Unite", as those are a little more focused. I was pleasantly
surprised with this effort, and if you like similar music, give it a try.