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AZZURRO * Solid State Soul (Shigeru Tanabu)

AZZXSSS "Deepsketch"

Made up of 2 producers from different musical playing fields, AZZXSSS have created an album that tells intricate stories through sound, weaving elements of music from hip-hop to minimal techno, bound together in the form of a ground-breaking dubstep album.

AZZURRO (AZZ of AZZXSSS) has his history in hip-hop - after being recognized in his home country as the producer of one of its original hip-hop groups Mellow Yellow, his name then travelled the world in hip-hop circles after acclaimed remixes for such acts as A Tribe Called Quest and Peanut Butter Wolf. Known for his solid and progressive sound productions within hip-hop Azzurro wasn't one to rest on his laurels and after pushing boundaries with 2 solo albums, started venturing into other drums + bass orientated dance music. This saw the releases of "Attributions" a collaborative album with Inner Science (HYDRA-002/HYDRA Records 2009) which saw his hip-hop backbone develop further into a breaks driven melodic texture-based cutting edge sound, and "Bastard Dub" (HYDRA-006/HYDRA Records 2010) which saw Azzurro re-construct a 30 min live set by 3-drumkit improvisational band CHIKA CHIKA into a musical journey starting from hip-hop and progressing up to a hardstep/dubstep remix of live guitars and drums, as if a testament to the development of his own sound.

This album "Deepsketch" by AZZXSSS sees Azzurro combine forces with Shigeru Tanabu also known as SOLID STATE SOUL (SSS of AZZXSSS). After releases on world renown labels such as Francois K's Deep Space as the guitarist of Beat Pharmacy, as well as respected domestic house labels such Apt International and Wave Music, Solid State Soul has a history originating in rock but mainly flourishing in the world of tech house. Turning his ears towards dubstep upon venturing into the dub/crossover sound with Brendon Moeller as Beat Pharmacy, Solid State Soul has been creating a form of dubstep that can only be called original. A separate project to Beat Pharmacy called Manaboo also with Brendon Moeller will have a release on Bristol-based Immerse Records, home to tunes by luminaries such as Benga, Horsepower and Ramadanman. On this album "Deepsketch" that originality shines through as 2 top producers give their take on dubstep as it is now, not depending on oscillated wobbly basslines but focusing on gut wrenching sub bass and intricate but hard drum patterns.

Deepsketch 11.27 Release
Artist : AZZXSSS
Title :Deepsketch
Label : HYDRA Records
CAT No. : HYDRA-009
Release Date : 2010.11.27 (Sat)
Price : ¥1,980 (incl. tax)
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