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Stealth – Dire Straights

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Score: 8/10

While a relatively new name to some, Ali Pearce aka Stealth has been bubbling about the underground for a while now. However, this year should be the year he pushes himself over the top with his debut EP, Dire Straights, on Teebee’s Subtitles.

Stunning production on all four cuts, the title track (featuring Stylus) has some serious deep bass stabs. Silent Dream is a breezy little number, minimal stepping drum patterns, conga edits and dreamy pads are all in the mix. Watch for the horns too, adding a little dash of jazziness to this one and is a perfect foil for the techniness of the lead track. An echoing male vocal compliments Deep Inside’s skippy percussion and chord work. The cut of choice for me though is definitely Inertia. More slick drum edits, subtle synths and rumbling sub make Inertia my standout of what is an EP packed with quality overall.

Top notch beats on this release and should put Stealth’s names on the tongues of many for the future. If you lean more towards the tech side of D&B then Dire Straights is a must for the mix.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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