Lee 'Scratch' Perry - "Exercising" (Horsepower remix)
Review: Notorious dubstep progenitors, the once eight-strong, now four man Horsepower collective return to the airwaves ten years since they first emerged from the murky depths of Croydon in 2000. Benny Ill, the long-serving lynchpin of the group, teams up with Nassis, Lev Jnr and Jay King for the third Horsepower album, Quest For The Sonic Bounty. Much has been written on their enduring legacy and the recent re-emergence of Horsepower Productions after a five year hiatus has reminded us all of dubstep's origins at a time when perhaps we most needed to be reminded. From listening to cuts from the album such as "22 and "Water", you can see these genes passed on into the DNA of Skream's Human Traffic sampling "Rutten" and the work of Benga, Mala, Coki and more. Elsewhere the beautiful, atmospheric intro, crisp percussion and dubbed out soundscape of entree "Rain" sets the tone for the journey, with ricocheting beats recoiling from the sheer pressure of the bass. A moody malaise seems to hover in the background throughout the album which is strangely enthralling. Quest For The Sonic Bounty reaffirms once again, that Horsepower remain one of the most important and genre defining acts of our generation. A must have album to add to your collection.