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Modestep - Sunlight (Single Review)

Thursday, 18 August 2011 Written by Jonny Rimmer
Modestep - Sunlight (Single Review)

Dubstep has become pretty darn fashionable over the past few years, with the likes of James Blake and Burial getting well deserved critical acclaim. There’s the more poppy, upbeat side of the genre as well however, and the likes of Skrillex and Borgore have become notorious for their brand of ‘filthy’ breakdowns.

This reviewer’s opinion is that as a result, the Dubstep scene has become rather stagnant – even lazy. With that in mind, the majority of acts with ‘step’ in their name automatically get sectioned off as one trick ponies that pump those generic bass synths in your face. It’s trendy I suppose.

Modestep, to their credit, have their own sound. First of all, there’s the band element: i.e. they’re a band, not just a DJ collective. There’s a drummer and two guitarists alongside the inevitable dub work. The "sunlight hurts my eyes" refrain is also incredibly catchy on this track, and delivered by a strong vocalist. The inevitable drop is also far from offensive, pedalling along nicely next to the chorus.

ImageIt’s not outstanding, but not unlike Tomba or Skream, Modestep are definitely unique enough to warrant attention from those of us who are sick of chavs blasting sloppy breakcore beats from their mobile phones.


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