Release Date: Nov 1, 2011
Record label: Tru Thoughts
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
Seen as the unsung hero of U.K. garage, Mancunian producer/DJ Dave Jones has been a figurehead of bass culture for nearly 15 years, but has just the one solitary Top 40 hit (2000's "Neighbourhood") to show for it. The ambitious, sci-fi themed Biasonic Hotsauce: Birth of the Nanocloud, the second album released under his Zed Bias alias, perhaps explains why he's yet to crossover to the mainstream.
For better or worse, the science-fiction concept album is a dance-music staple. In addition to being saddled with one of the most ungainly album titles of the year, Biasonic Hotsauce: Birth of the Nanocloud is the first part of a proposed trilogy of albums where UK garage/drum'n'bass/dubstep producer Zed Bias will tell the tale of… an experiment gone wrong? Something vaguely futuristic? To be honest, I've listened to this thing a bunch of times now, and the narrative thrust remains elusive. And the storyline, confined to a few ignorable skits of kitschy playacting, barely impinges on the music.
Zed Bias (a.k.a. Dave Jones) has been a figure of almost cult significance in the U.K. dance scene for over a decade. That’s many times the career span of the dubstep artists who are currently crowding him off playlists and who, as Jones’s fans will gladly tell you, can trace much of their sonic DNA to the producer’s own experiments in progressive garage.
A mesmerising album exploring the possibilities of British urban music. Lloyd Bradley 2011 Another offering from the fertile musical imagination of UK garage/dubstep producer Dave Jones, Biasonic Hot Sauce shows exactly why he’s been on top of this world for over a decade. Although he comes at these songs from an essentially dubstep direction, what goes over that notional foundation is so varied and unexpected that it quickly shatters such stylistic confines.