Years in the making. Hieronymus' first full album is finally out! One of the driving forces of the now defunct kyoto_digital label, the master of hypnotic, ocean-deep, jamaican flavored minimalism is back deeper and wetter then ever before.
With Chapters he treats us with nothing more then a true masterpiece of grooves and textures soaked in his trademark dub-mixing style.
With the opening track "Dubbing at eleven" we find a solid, funkefied Hieronymus dub riddim that sounds like the natural continuation of his kyoto_digital years. Deep chords washed in cavernous reverberations, with a steady half-time beat driving the funk. The only thing that hints at what the album might evolve into, is the dark hypnotic bass pattern, bouncing in a way that is definitely more upbeat then what came before it.
By the third track "Fever" Hieronymus finally lifts the carpet and shows just how deep, dirty and forward thinking his dubbified drops have become. Noisy, rattling and echoing hits and scrapes, on top of a tight faded organ tone playing a steady skank groove, all get squashed by an enormously rude bassline that twists and morphs its way through the entire track.
Yes this is dub music from another dimension.
And "Chapter 12" shows just how weird and twistet this new dimension can get. With a loose and super detailed drum track hovering on top of a dirty pompous bassdrop, sprinkled with feedback delayed noises, screaming and turnng inside-out. This is as far removed from his earlier zen-like dub meditations as it can get. Yet the sense of space and physicality is even more pronounced now then before.
Ending the hour long bumpy space journey is "Midnight dub" a pure rolling dub riddim that unifies and organizes all that went on before, into a unique solid new form. It sounds very Hieronymus-like, yet more experienced and mature then before. An end and a beginning of a new era of millenial dub exploratons from the master himself.
released December 22, 2009
Written & produced by: Hieronymus
Mastering by: Z Todorovic
Released by: rootplex.com