Debut album from the one and only J:Kenzo, out on Tempa from 24/9/12
Opener 'Statement of Intent', swells from silence to a thick, rocky groove that rattles speaker cones like an earthquake. It's punishing, but carried along by an implicit sense of funk, each element placed for maximum impact. Throughout the album's length, these traits are repeated - flickers of electro riffage punctuating 'Invaderz' and 'Contagion', Rod Azlan's toasting to herald a monstrous drop in 'Ruffhouse'. What's striking about J:Kenzo's tracks is how few elements they contain, but how powerfully each is utilised: he reduces dubstep to its very essence, leaving only the barest essentials required to shake a dancefloor to the foundations.