Having recorded a number of excellent deep, soulful but hard hitting
dubstep releases under his ‘DJG’ monkier, San Francisco’s Dean J. Grenier
decided to move into pastures fresh this year, announcing his new alias as
‘Grenier’. Kicking off with a killer release on Photek Productions earlier
this year (not many artists aside from Photek can claim a plate on his own
highly respected imprint!), Grenier takes a dark-jungle and classic
dubstep inspired perspective on the currently favoured 128bpm/house
tempo – and delivers a stunning 12″ for Tectonic in the process.
‘Uncertain’ featured on Tectonic label boss Pinch’s acclaimed Fabriclive mix
earlier this year and has been highly requested ever since. Tough bass stab
punches in the intro before wheeling backwards and slamming into a hard,
almost 4/4 rhythm, fully charged with a weighted sub. The track devleops
with jazzy references and sonic flashes of musicality, almost reminicent of
early Peshay/Metalheadz. Killer tune.
Flip then for ‘Vendetta’ which sticks again with the 128bpm tempo but takes
a heavy dark wobble sound, a-la Skream 2006, and moulds it around a
stepping 4/4 rhythm. This makes for a simple and effective rhytmical weapon
of choice that encapsulates much of what made early dubstep so interesting
- reincarnated here at the slower housey tempo.