Release Date: Feb 6, 2012
Record label: Deep Medi Musik
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Mala's Deep Medi label has stubbornly persisted at the classic 140 BPM dubstep tempo, recently releasing mostly predictable tracks from producers like Tunnidge, Skream, and Silkie, but it has a secret weapon in Japan's Goth-Trad, whose early, pre-2007 work was dubstep when it still barely existed outside of Croydon and Shoreditch. The grandiosely-titled New Epoch is his debut full-length for Deep Medi—and first in seven years—and it seems to reignite that old spirit. It's the freshest-sounding thing on Deep Medi in ages and a reminder of what's still possible even in the constraints of "traditional" dubstep.
Goth-TradNew Epoch[Deep Medi Musik; 2012]By Will Ryan; March 8, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGThe title of Goth-Trad's fourth record is beyond prescient. It's an especially meaningful thesis coming from a producer who is widely credited as one of the first international artists to take up with dubstep as it was first conceived circa 2006. Reigning from Japan, Goth-Trad's New Epoch, his first LP in seven years, arrives at a time that sees dubstep more readily a staple of YouTube meme cycles and American advertising campaigns than a progressive form of club music.
Despite all the robots, Japan’s a place of tradition, not futurism. It’s a culture where obedience and deference to authority is a central tenet. Thus the country’s music, with some radical exceptions in noise and experimental music, tends to be not only backwards-gazing, but backwards-aping, adopting genres almost as if they were fashion statements and replicating sounds to near-karaoke mimicry as if they were golden gods.