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SUPERPOZE X STWO – Untitled/Late

| On 06, Nov 2014

When multiple artists come together to collaborate on a piece, it’s interesting to see how much the result honours each forces’ respective form and approach.

When gleaming over Stwo and Superpoze’s previous works they seem near identical in these respects. Dive deeper into their discographies however, and it becomes apparent that they don’t necessarily drink from the same fountain. Superpoze has more beats while playing with more agitated and worldly sounds on his tracks. On the other hand, Stwo leaves a lot of space in his songs while featuring tones so rounded and silky it makes that space so dense it almost becomes viscous.

Here, both tracks are very spacious and even-tempered, sticking closer to Stwo’s darker atmospheres than Superpoze’s more vigorous and dynamic productions but the latter certainly influences the details of these tracks. As ‘Untitled’ runs its course it casually shifts through a few different rhythms, starting somewhat anxiously and staccato before slipping into a brief period of calmness, the sound suspended in darkness. The colours featured in the song don’t alter themselves too much throughout; there’s a variety of melodic sub-bass tones, stuttering vocal samples and an array of percussive clicks, chicks and so on which come together to form the different beats which sometimes become more assertive but manage to keep a cool-headed posture throughout.

The soundscape achieved in ‘Late is in very much the same vein featuring a lot of space and a progressive nature. Just like ‘Untitled’, the musical content is somewhat understated but this time the sections where prominent percussive features stand in starker contrast to adjacent sections. I personally love how little sounds are bought in patiently in this track and how the kick drum sound is slightly altered so that its more feathered in a quieter middle section and hits with a harder thump when things pick up.

These two tracks make a convincing argument that in a way, Stwo and Superpoze complete each other. If they decide to continue down a shared path, I would welcome it gladly.

Craig Doporto

Review Overview

Craig Doporto
8

Very Good

Both tracks are very spacious and even-tempered, sticking closer to Stwo’s darker atmospheres than Superpoze’s more vigorous and dynamic productions but the latter certainly influences the details of these tracks.