Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
Record label: Tectonic
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Producer Adrian Sherwood is held in the highest esteem in British reggae circles, while the Bristol-based Pinch’s name is a stamp of quality among dubsteppers. After issuing a couple of singles together, their own labels are now co-releasing an album that puts the dub back into dubstep. The two bass ninjas are aided by Sherwood’s huge collection of vocal recordings.
Sherwood and Pinch make quite a pair. In one corner, you've got a pioneer of digital dub techniques; in the other, one of dubstep's pivotal figures who is also one of Sherwood's disciples. This makes Late Night Endless a record that could have been doomed to flounder under the weight of expectations.
"There’s more warmth and space in dub, more than in any other music," UK producer Adrian Sherwood told Time Out back in 2013. "It’s uncluttered, yet if it’s a good production, people can hear things that aren’t even there." Sherwood should know. Situated in London in the late '70s when punk, reggae, industrial, Afrobeat, electro, and hip-hop began to entangle and crossbreed, Sherwood was often in the producer’s chair to help dub out the results.
Pinch will forever and always be a titan in the dubstep scene. And rightly so — he's an artist that has always been willing to innovate while simultaneously tending to a unique and singular aesthetic palette. Like many of his contemporaries, Pinch has explored tempos out of the genre's rigid 140bpm, but unlike many he never fully stepped away from making interesting and well-produced dubstep.
Since the beginnings of their collaboration, fans of both dubstep and dub in the greater sense have certainly been watching the work of Pinch & Sherwood closely, and the results have been admittedly mixed. It's a rare occurrence for such pairings to simultaneously hit the peaks of both producers, and Adrian Sherwood's influence is so overarching in the world of dub, second only to a few well-known Jamaicans, that Rob Ellis, aka Pinch, himself admits to being drawn into his circle of fans at a very early age. Whether the results of this early exposure are directly audible in Ellis' music is debatable, but what has arisen from their work together resembles more closely the mentor than the student, even if both are present.