Broken Note creates dubstep and drum 'n' bass that's dark, grimy, scary and strangely addictive. The London-based producer offers nail-tough dance music fit for modern day horror films, and he injects an aggressive punk and metal sensibility into his music.
His 2008 track "Crux" brings to mind robots shooting flaming shards of shrapnel at each other while an ogre-like overlord shouts commands. It's apocalyptic and brutal in the best possible way, yet it also features crisp ambient chords drenched in reverb that hover in the mix. That contrast between dark and ethereal is satisfying. The tune "Mask of Gas," off his album Terminal Static, could be the soundtrack to a death march dance party, and I mean that as a compliment; growling bass teams up with a punchy, one-two beat, while a staccato synth line propels the song toward something fierce but unknown.
It's not a stretch to say Broken Note is the cream of the crop within bass-heavy dubstep. His wicked design skills and pummeling industrial-tinged beats are intense and innovative. And, yes, he's better than Skrillex.
Broken Note plays the Badlander Friday, March 23, with Ebola Syndrome and Kris Moon. $10/$7 pre-sale at Ear Candy and Rockin Rudy's.