The dance/electro/dubstep scene has been getting a lot of exposure lately, largely for its influence on popular music today, with almost every genre of music about has been experimenting with this sound and usually in a watered down manner. So, how about some music that’s genuinely a part of the genre? Step forward Mirrored Theory – an electronica artist from Northampton making dubstep/DnB/electro music and his second EP, The Great View.
The EP kicks off with The Traveller, a track full of drive and energy as you would expect from the song title. Not only will drum and bass fans like this, but even more casual fans like myself would nod their heads, a nice opening to excite you for the rest of the EP. What follows is From Ashes Fell Hope, featuring vocals that help supplement another energetic beat. Excellently produced; it’s very European in nature and one that would light up any club atmosphere.
Kaleidoscope calms the vibe down somewhat with a more thought-provoking song. No vocals on this track, but it’ll have you slipping into a stream of consciousness as you ponder whatever is going on with your life right now. As it happens Kaleidoscope almost serves as a simple interlude as what follows, Audio Grenades, which brings forth the high-octane energy once again courtesy of a fury of classic dubstep synths. The title track, The Great View is a slightly more atmospheric version of Kaleidoscope, offering the same atmospheric style but evoking more feeling. It’s the sort of song you’d hear used in a dramatic film scene designed to captivate its audience.
The great thing about this EP is that it really does have something everyone: electro, dubstep and drum and bass fans, be they hardcore followers or just simply casual fans, can all appreciate a solid piece of work like this EP. The final track really emphasises the eclectic nature of the EP as it brings us something totally different to what we’ve heard throughout it: nostalgia. People old enough to remember the days of the Sega Mega Drive, SNES and all the arcades of that time, will adore this song. It uses that classic MIDI sound of early 90s computer games and blends it into a dubstep ball of awesomeness, a real moment of serendipity hearing this as the final track of a high-quality EP.
If you really dig the electro/dubstep/dance vibe of modern mainstream music then this is for you. I often find the genre to be somewhat inconsistent with my tastes, but I love all 6 tracks from this EP, making it a worthy purchase. I look forward to hearing more from Mirrored Theory, as should you.