Since its inception in January, emerging label ESC_ has continually impressed, showcasing a diverse range of high-calibre grime, dubstep, and bassline music. First came Vexxy's distinctly Bristolian freebie "Kiss Kiss"; then a gleaming self-titled EP of wifey riddims from XOX; and most recently New Odysee's 55MM – two clattering, percussive dubstep delights. Next up is the three-track Blaff EP from HØST, a producer from Ringwood, Dorset traditionally associated with the half-time drum and bass scene – but this project is unlike anything we've heard from him before.
On dubstep-leaning title track "Blaff", available to stream exclusively below ahead of its release this Saturday, delicate synth melodies are juxtaposed with pitched percussion, industrial white noise, a sampled MC, and seismic sub bass to create a dubstep track with audible grime influences. Halfway through, the song transforms into a heady 4/4 number, making for an exhilarating aural rollercoaster.