Stone Cold EPSubaltern Records
£8.74 (£10.48 incl. VAT)
A. Stone Cold B. Choker C. Sweet Doughs
We welcome another newcomer to the label, UK-badman Cartridge, who steps up with a smashing
debut EP showing the world he’s not messing about. Big Things!
The aptly titled EP opener hits hard like a boulder, painting a post-apocalyptic super-metroidesque
landscape, building upon the glorious ‘Flummox’ from SUBALT010. Gritty synth lines stating a simple
yet catchy and evolving melody, all rounded by a fat bass exactly how we like it. A glittery rain paves
the way to the breakdown and the second drop, which tells the final part of this majestic romance.
Time to get stealthy with this one… a sinister intro erupts into a refined yet powerful barrage of bass.
Solid groove, heavily panned percussion, clever wobs and synth hits, masterful reverb and delay
interplays, Cartridge’s sound design really sets to impress with this superb number.
If the concept of ‘sinister’ was established on the previous track, ‘Sweet Doughs’ definitely takes it to
the next level. Menacing car-tyre-screeching-like synths and an amusing yet slightly uncanny vocal
sample set up the pace for this weighty dance-floor rattler. A saturated 808-like bass propels the
track, which reveals itself as a master-class on how to blend power, bass, crafty sound design and an
incredible attention to details.