Determined to continue his influence over the bass world, UK legend Skream just released a brand-new EP. Gritty/Phatty Drummer is a reminder why the king of the underground came to be at the throne. Constant evolution with respect for your elders is the name of the game in bass, and Skream has followed suit with a bold statement.
A far cry from the frantic soundscapes of modern American dubstep, Gritty/ Phatty Drummer is a throwback to the more minimal roots of UK garage. Clean, punchy drums dominate here with a definite focus on the atmospheric. If you remember the last big Skream release, you’ll definitely notice the change. Gritty is the harder of the two, laying down some smooth Skream buzz over creeping bass and moody melodics. Phatty Drummer is a dark, somewhat techy rendition of that lighters-in-the-air ambience we’ve come to expect from the man. Make no mistake; the man who started it all has hardly been shaken from the elite.