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“Solarblind” comes from the efforts of a promising, innovative, and artistic mind with a flare for the dramatic, the dark, and minimal. Porkchop is a unique beat maker with a deep-seated understanding of aesthetics, having had an accomplished career as a graphic designer and illustrator. His aptitude for space and weight carry over into his sonic creations, and his Solarblind EP is a showcase of some brilliant and moody handiwork.
Porkchop, a San Francisco resident, has a smooth signature sound that is suggestive of classic UK dubstep, it is full of deep, rolling synths, and spacey, gloomy ambience. The title track on the EP is a precious and intimate opus that looms and lumbers with a thick, murky throb, a moving piece of work that is both dubby and deep. The track has two rerubs on the EP, a hyped up raga infused remix from powerhouse producer Stagga, and another minimal manipulation by Vancouver’s masterful Taal Mala. Another of the tracks, “Boogiemon,” is a tense, restrained, and understated romper that chugs and undulates with dance floor attitude. In addition to his solo work, Porkchop’s effort on Solarblind finds him teaming up with LA funk master Digital Rust on “Oozed,” a dark and ominous creeper of a tune, and “Chisel,” perhaps the meatiest and chunkiest of the tracks included on the release.
The Solarblind EP is a solid accomplishment on several fronts: It is due credit for its originality, and Porkchop’s overall intention to create moodiness without detracting from energy is a successful gambit. The release is shadowy and pulsating with super thick vibe. Every track on the EP is worth a go, there isn’t a dance floor from LA to Liverpool that would be able to avoid appreciating its dark, dubby elegance. MalLabel is due kudos for it’s vastly diverse release schedule, and for anyone who has been waiting for the label to satisfy a craving for a more classic or traditional dubstep flavor, this is the release you have been waiting for.