Published November 16, 2012
Given that many involved in Iceland’s electronic music scene are old enough to remember the early days of rave, never mind the first days of dubstep, it’s good to see some new blood breathing fresher sounds into our ears.
One such bright light is 20-year-old Reykjavík producer Cenum. Realising that the most important component in electronic music is BASS, he packs his debut self-titled EP with heaving low-end dubstep thrum (note: you are not going to get much action from listening to this on your laptop speakers). Rather than full on, melt your face Skrillex-wub, it features a more paranoid, moody bass environment, with dark ambient whispers, minimal beats and movie samples from ‘The Mist’ and ‘Sin City.’
Although some of the tracks do feel a little same-y after a while (some more variety in the sounds and rhythms would work wonders), it’s refreshing to hear local electronic music from fresh talent who seems more inspired by Rinse FM than NOVA TV.