Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro — September 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Dogblood – Next Order/Middle Finger


Artist Name: Dog Blood
Title Name: Next Order/Middle Finger
Label: Boysnoize Records/ OWSLA 
Reviewed by: Rory O’Maley

I hope this doesn’t rub anyone the wrong way, but I am the complete opposite of a fan of the whole Skrillex movement. I understand its purpose and kinda its appeal but I still can’t see it as anything but a scattered and tacky way to carry big tunes. With that in mind, I’m sure you can imagine my dismay when I learnt Boys Noize, one of my favourites for massive tracks, was set to collaborate with the lad on a new side project. Well guys, turns out my initial judgments were misplaced.

The duo’s first EP under the Dog Blood moniker – really more a double single – Next Order/Middle Finger is packed with promise. “Next Order”, I’d say, comes pretty firmly out of the Boys Noize side of the camp, coupling a massive, rhythmic melody with a low distorted sample to amazing effect. So Boys Noize-y is it, in fact, that I’d happily lay down money and say if it were released as a single in his own right, any hardcore Skrillex haters now dissing the track would probably have gobbled it greedily up in all its evolving goodness.

“Middle Finger” is a whole different type of track and is clearly built around Skrilly‘s style. Thankfully (for folks like me), the duo have made a few tweaks regarding structure and containment against the artist’s normal output to make a track that’s much more appealing and worlds less gimmicky. Beyond the dubby, tearing breaks Skrill’s become known for, the track borrows heavily from house and hip-hop in its builds with claps, synths, 90s club beats and a low, drawling sample repeated and sliced for effect. Though dub-step at heart, “Middle Finger” is brought back to Earth with acoustic/traditional elements and a sinister feel that puts it a step above most in the modern hype-dub market. It’s definitely not what I was expected but it’s pretty great to be as pleasantly surprised by a release I’d unfairly written off.