It would be fair to say that Sphearic, the label helmed by occasional Mental Groove artist Jerome Doudet AKA The Dude of Strosphear, is Thailand's foremost outpost of electronic bass music. Admittedly, it's a small field, but it's still something to boast about. Here the "Dude" kick-starts 2018 with a tasty seven-inch featuring two tracks constructed alongside local turntablist DJ To Ru. His on-point scratches are woven in to the fabric of both "Bailan Break", a stuttering and punchy dubstep roller rich in redlined bass and exotic Thai instrumental flourishes, and flipside "Uchu Daikaiju No Ballad". This hot-stepping cut is closer in tone to experimental instrumental hip-hop - check the classic MC vocal samples - but happily retains the weightiness of dubstep and a hint of Far Eastern exotica.
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