New from Civil Music: Starkey – Command


Command‘ is the first taste of Starkey‘s new album ‘Orbits‘. The release features remixes from Plastician, Drums of Death, Pedro123, NoissesDS1 + exclusive bonus track ‘Contact‘.

Trademark angular robo-funk growing from synthetic chords, glitching vocal shards & outrageously tight production. A ‘Pulse X’ style kick makes way for wide synth leads that swerves from kinetic peaks to industrial ruffness and heartburst emotion practically every 16 bars.

Grime and dubstep pioneer Plastician‘s ‘Trapped in the Middle’ remix is a rude 8-bar cut, its’s grimy, ruffneck ’04 bizness from the Croydon OG, Rinse/1Xtra/BBC R1 legend and Terrorhythm Imprint owner. Drums of Death continues on the stunning form of his ‘Waves Trilogy’ – refined dancefloor tension, jacking techno, intergalactic jazz and synthetic leads – it’s still ‘Command’ but retooled with euphoric rave-influenced ’90s House vibes. 18 year oldOTW grime producer Pedro123 is making waves, his remix is sweet-but-dangerous neo-grime, a stack of fun its cheekily switches between heavy duty bass infused kicks and sped up old skool garage riddims. Stripped down Eski-style 8-bar rhythmic swerve to excite the dance with. Noisses is another producer on the rise, a series of releases for the Black Butter label have showcased his super-optimised sound making him another perfect addition to the package. Reconfiguring Command with UKG machinations served snappy, tough and lean his remix is elastically dynamic, balancing soulful grit and rolling club vibes with the hyper energies of the originals Grimey synth arrangements. Sheffield’s DS1 is an original 4/4 Bassline innovator maintains much of Command’s original feel and makes full use of the radioactive stabs, sub heavy bass and surging synth, making a trap hiphop/grimecrossover with maximum club impact. Bonus remix from US OTW Buku and exclusive bonus track ’Contact’ – that does not feature on the Orbits LP – closes the package

Command is now available from Beatport, Juno & all the usual places.

* Artwork by Pete Hawkes.

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