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One of the UK underground’s best-regarded producers – Commodo – returns with an album on distinguished Bristol imprint Black Acre.

“How What Time” follows his impressive collaborative LP with Kahn and Gantz, a bass-swelling blend of Bristolian and Middle Eastern sub-low, released on the bastion of low frequency excellence, Deep Medi Musik. An artist with deep roots in bass music’s history and present, Commodo experiments with a variety of underground elements, with components of hip-hop, grime, dubstep, and more in the mix. On his debut album he pushes his sound further while managing to uphold the basic formula of space and bass.

Continuing to add a thoughtful touch to the deeper ends of UK bass music, his new album sees Commodo create deeply meditative jams that harness a raw energy and sub-bass power. Made in several different places in the UK, Turkey and Germany, ‘How What Time’ sees Commodo fuse the UK’s raw and vibrant grime and hip-hop scene, as heard in the fierce and murky soundscapes of “Itchin” with an unmistakeable vocal from Trim. The album’s standout track “Set It Straight” features Croydon’s fast-rising rapper-beatmaker Rocks FOE, and like Commodo’s Jme-featuring hit “Shift”, is an instant underground anthem. Commodo blends Madlib-style hip-hop beats with the fierce spirit of grime. The addition of Rocks’ straight-talking charisma and energetic flow transitions “Set It Straight” into an uptempo head-banger.

Commodo’s inherently unique and accomplished production style has earned him recognition right from the outset of his ascendancy, garnering attention from a host of key figures within the electronic community. When making his new album he sought to “strike a balance between a sample-heavy, rap style sound palette and the energy of the 140bpm based music he’s always been a part of.” From the tough bass weight of his dancefloor-leaning productions to the tonally rich and immersive qualities of the album’s more intricate tracks, “How What Time” maintains a resounding freshness throughout.

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