In a scene that’s begun to settle into a comfortable community of producers contributing to an ebb and flow of quality releases and nights, Sleeper is as close as you can get to a household name. Having conquered the major outlets of the deeper and rugged labels like Chestplate and Artikal Music – as well as Osiris Music (who have, of late, made a definitive push forward into unchartered territory) – Sleeper has readied a further, self-released extended play.
Testament to an impressive work rate, Sleeper offers up 8 impeccably produced tracks that come together to form the Mass Transference EP.
With the techno-slanted offerings of the Simulation Theory EP on Osiris and the self-released Ephemoerol Delivery and Enter EPs, Mass Transference sees the producer returning to his signature brand of dubstep. The EP will be made available in Parts One and Two on Sleeper’s Bandcamp page as a digital-only release; part of Sleeper’s continuing effort to raise funds for physical releases.
Standout tracks on the two part release are Kekuatan on Part One and Brain System Conflict on Part Two. The former, a seemingly unstoppably and bashy rhythm, pulses with a little more intensity than its peers before tripping over itself and comfortably building back up into the second drop. The latter benefits from snaking percussion that allows the track to glide into the mix before stripping back into the fundamentals – in a similar vein to Kekuatan but with some added menace in the midrange.
With Mass Transference, it is somewhat difficult to attribute a particular character to an individual track; or differentiate them from one another without a few listens. It’s perhaps better to step back and view the EP in terms of it’s title and speculate at an underlaying concept. Almost totally devoid of any human or analog elements or melody, the Mass Transference EP appears to idealise a totally synthetic approach to dance music production – industrious, technical and cold. In terms of deep dubstep, there is nothing leftfield about the eight tracks but Mass Transference appears to perfect a craft and aesthetic characterised by tightly balanced and functional elements that find relief only in disparate waves of icy atmospherics.
Mass Transference, then, is a collection of slick, carbon-clad, dancefloor weapons. While many might be discouraged by the Bauhaus construction and lack of obvious hooks, where this release succeeds is its conceptual and technical execution and its consistency. Sleeper, by and large, has come to own his distinct brand over the past two years, by simply being technically a cut above the rest. Each release is coherent and flowing, exhibiting the kind of ease of continual progression that should make us all excited to see Sleeper’s vinyl goal realised.
Words by W. Jobsworth
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